Lot 16
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CÉSAR | Centaure

60,000 - 80,000 EUR
156,250 EUR
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  • César
  • Centaure
  • signed César, numbered 7/8 and stamped with the founder's mark Bocquel (on the base)
  • welded bronze
  • 73 x 31 x 67 cm; 28  3/4  x 12  3/16  x 26  3/8  in.
  • Executed in 1983-1984, this work is number 7 from an edition of 8 plus 2 artist proofs and 2 Hors Commerce.


Private Collection
Sotheby's, London, Contemporary Art, 22 October 2002, lot 398
Acquired from the above sale, thence by descent to the present owner


Antibes, Musée Picasso, 1986 (other example)
Marseille, Centre de la Vieille Charité, César, oeuvres de 1947 a 1993, July - September 1993; catalogue, pp. 108, 140, illustrated
Paris, Galerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume, César, 10 June - 19 October 1997; catalogue, p.151 (other example)
Rabat, Musée Mohammed VI d'Art Moderne et Contemporain, César, une histoire méditerranéenne, December 2015 - March 2016; catalogue, pp. 25,30, 33, 54, illustrated in colour (other example)


Catalogue des salons d'automne, 1987, illustrated on the cover (other example)
Pierre Restany, César, Paris, 1988, p. 297, illustrated in colour (other example)
Jean-Charles Hachet, César ou la Métamorphose d'un Grand Art, 1989, p.80, no. 165b (other example)
Francis Patent, Ancrages Magazine, June 1990, n.p., no. 2 (other example)
Exhibition catalogue, H. Lévy, César: Les Bronzes, Sète, Musée Paul-Valery, 1991, pp. 31,51 (other example)
Galerie Enrico Navarra, César: oeuvres Monumentales, Paris, 1996, p. 68, illustrated in colour (other example)

Catalogue Note

In my opinion, the motif of the Centaure is the greatest theme in classical statuary. It represents the equestrian landmarks I drew inspiration from when I was still attending l'Ecole des beaux-arts, working before the plaster-works of the antiques room.
César César et son assistant Claude Gevaert travaillent à la maquette du Centaure en 1983. © ADAGP, Paris 2019

This work is registered in the archives of Denyse Durand-Ruel under number 3243 with the approval of Madame Stéphanie Busuttil-Janssen who holds the moral rights to César's work.