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    César (1921-1998)
    Plaque Eiffel, 1989
    Welded bronze
    108 x 70 x 30-7/8 inches (274.3 x 177.8 x 78.4 cm)
    Granite base: 6 x 104.5 x 56.5 inches (15.24 x 265.43 x 199.14 cm)
    Ed. 1/8
    Incised with foundry and edition number on base

    PROPERTY OF A DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN

    PROVENANCE:
    Galerie Trigano, Paris;
    Private collection, Montreal, purchased from the above in 2008.

    NOTE:
    This lot is registered in the Archives of Madame Denyse Durand-Ruel under N° 3614 and is currently located in Granby, Quebec, Canada. It is being offered in situ, and an appointment must be made for viewing. The buyer will be responsible for making deinstallation and shipping arrangements from this location. A detailed condition report is available upon request.

    Standing over 9 feet tall, this monumental sculpture by César is composed of various welded bronze elements, resembling a hulking compression of architectural framework. This modern-day totem is in fact an homage to the Eiffel Tower whose centenary was the same year as the work's creation. Also César created a representational bronze monument to the man, outfitted with a walking cane, a bird on his shoulder and an assemblage of discordant metalwork exiting the back of his head. Amid the density of the cut I-beams and numerous rivets, the visual cadence of the artist's massive metal block easily summons the subject, while it's airy gaps and lyrical structure has been stripped only of the soaring heights, leaving the sum of its parts below in one simple mass.




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    Auction Dates
    November, 2021
    17th Wednesday
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