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Design: Living in a Material World

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Pierre Sabatier
FIVE PANELS DESIGNED FOR THE HEADQUARTERS OF THE LOUIS DREYFUS BANK, LE DIAMANT BLEU, PARIS
one panel embossed p. sabatier
beaten and oxidised copper
each: 257 x 89 x 3.7 cm (101  1/8  x 35 x 1  3/8   in.)
circa 1970
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Catalogue Note

Sculptor Pierre Sabatier`s iron pieces emerged from large plates of beaten and treated metals in the 1950s. Empowered by architects, such as Le Corbusier, in addition to the 1% state-funded monument and installation work for Architecture in France that had recently been launched, he produced an array of work ranging from screen doors, walls and partitions to installations and sculptures very often commissioned for halls, schools and banks with a timeless artistic hand. Veronique Sabatier, the sculptor’s daughter recalls: “My father’s enthusiasm would carry us away on his journey. A time journey into the infinity of space, time and matter”.

This set of 5 panels suggests leather-like qualities within their patina producing imposing visuals reminiscent of geological or astronomical photographs. In a stratified marbling-like manner, Pierre Sabatier’s interaction with matter occurs spontaneously. Rather than beating or pressing his materials, he employs mineral chemistry to reveal a wide, colourful palette of oxidised copper.

Design: Living in a Material World

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London