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CESAR (BALDACCINI, César dit ) - Combustion of matches and stamps, 1998

Combustion of matches and stamps, stuck onto drawing paper with an ADAM header, the famous house of artist material ( for more information) counterstuck onto a black wood plank, the whole work framed
The work is signed on the matchbox, stamped with the blue print of Cesar's thumb on the matchbox, resigned "Cesar" and restamped with the black print of Cesar's thumb
Localised Paris and dated 1998 bottom right

Dimensions : 41,5 x 31,5 cm (not framed) / 46,5 x 36,5 (framed).

This work is recorded in the Cesar archives of Mrs Denyse Durand-Ruel under the number 2731

César : (1921-1998) known as César, is a french sculptor, born in 1921 in Marseille and died in 1998 in Paris. He is the creator of the eponym bronze trophy (created in 1976) celebrating the French cinema. In 1935 he studied at The School of Fine Arts of Marseille with Raymond Normand. Then, in 1943, at the National Superior School of Fine Arts of Paris with Michel Guino, Albert Féraud, Daniel David and Philippe Hiquily, in Marcel Gimond's workshop. From 1947, he worked with plaster and iron. In 1952, in Trans-en-Provence, he first attempted welding and making sculptures in in scrap iron, using recovered materials. In 1954, he exhibited in Lucien Durand's gallery and obtained the « collabo » Prize. In 1956, he took part in the biennials of Venice, São Paulo and to The Documenta II in 1959. In 1961, he got closer to Marino di Teana, and joined The "New Realists" group (with Mimmo Rotella, Niki de Saint Phalle, Gérard Deschamps...). From 1960, César centered his work on « compression dirigée » (directed compression), which became his trademark : helped by an hydraulic press, he compressed diverse objets (cars, fabrics, papers, and even gold jewellery...). This appropriation act was a challenge to the consumer society and it kept him close to the New realist artists circle, of which he became member with his friend Arman. Reversing the spirit of compressions, César created his « expansions » (The great orange expansion, 1967) and began to work with crystal in fusion. He reached an international recognition starting from 1970. His participation to an exhibition dedicated to the hand, from Rodin to Picasso and the discovery of the pantograph enlarging process lead him to the realization of The "Empreintes" (prints) (finger, breast, fist...). From 1949 to 1966 he created more than 300 constructions with the arc welding technic (Centaur, Flying French man, 1983...). The artist multiplied exhibitions : Centre Pompidou, Tate Gallery, MoMA… Retrospective at Jeu de Paume in Paris in 1997, in Malmö, Milan, São Paulo, Mexico. César ended his career with a series of portraits and self-portraits.

Hara Museum of Contemporary Art (Japan)
MacVal (France)
Fondation Cartier (France)
FRAC Poitou-Charente (France)
FRAC Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur (France)
Museum Villa Haiss (Germany)
Musée des Beaux Arts de Nantes (France)
Musée d'art de Toulon (France)
Peyrassol Sculpture Park (France)
Museum Abteiberg (Germany)
Musée d'art Moderne et contemporain de Nice (MAMAC) (France)
The José Manuel Rodrigues Berardo Collection (Portugal)
Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) (The USA)
Le Magasin - Centre National d'Art Contemporain de Grenoble (France)
Les Abattoirs - FRAC Midi Pyrénées (France)
Kröller-Müller Museum (Netherlands)
Microcollection (Italy)
Nykytaiteen museo Kiasma (Finland)
FRAC Basse Normandie (France)
Carnegie Museum of art (The USA)
The Louisiana Museum of Modern Art (Denmark)
Lehmbruck Museum (Germany)
Museo de Arte Contemporáneo (MACBA) Barcelona (Spain)
MAMbo (Galleria d'Arte Moderna di Bologna) (Italy)
National Galleries of Scotland (United Kingdom)
Centre Pompidou - Musée national d'art moderne (France)
ING Bank Art Collection (Netherlands)
Musée d'Art moderne et contemporain de Strasbourg (France)
The National Museum of Art, Osaka (Japan)
Randers Kunstmuseum (Denmark)
MUSMA Museo della Scultura Contemporanea Matera (Italy)
CIAC Centre international d'art contemporain du château de Carros (France)
MUMOK - Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien (Austria)
Carré d'Art (Nîmes) (France)
Fonds départemental d'art contemporain de Seine-Saint-Denis (France)
Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
Peggy Guggenheim Collection (Italy)
The George Economou Collection (Greece)
Centre national des arts plastiques (France)
Museo Nacional de Artes Visuales (Uruguay)
Musée d'Art Contemporain Marseille (France)
Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (France)
Tate Collection (United Kingdom)
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