Lot 108
  • 108

CÉSAR | Sculpture Plate

80,000 - 120,000 EUR
162,500 EUR
bidding is closed


  • César
  • Sculpture Plate
  • welded iron


Private Collection, Chicago
Private Collection, France
Sale: Tajan, Paris, Modern and Contemporary Art, 4 August 2004, lot 56
Acquired from the above sale by the present owner


Pierre Volboudt, XXème Siecle, César: L'oeuvre Récente,  no. 22, Paris, 1963, p. 80, illustrated
Denyse Durand-Ruel, CésarCatalogue Raisonné, Volume I, 1947-1964, Paris, 1994, p. 206, no. 233, illustrated
Grimaldi Forum, César, L'instinct du fer, 1946/1966, des premiers fers aux compressions, Monaco, 2002, p. 114, illustrated

Catalogue Note

Les plaques : steel paintings

From a formal standpoint, they stand out as a logical sequence due to their purely abstract nature and the fascinating iron mastery they reveal, like the successful outcome of his welded iron work. Here, the artist's reference field moves from sculpture to painting, as the Plates evoke paintings rather than forms unfolding in space. (...)

"Making", praxis, is no longer a mean to reach a form or conceptualize a value like it previously was. It becomes an end. The material and its process are put forth, disturbing the logical relationship between signs and blurring the links between the signifier and the signified. These large plates that César built piece after piece like mosaics rise like blind mirrors that stop both light and reason. Immutably silent, they stand like iron Babels.

Guy Tosatto

This work is registered in the archives of Mrs Denyse Durand-Ruel under number 258.