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Gift from the Artist to Mr. and Ms. Bouvard, 1985
Internationally celebrated French artist César (1921-1998) also referred to as César Baldaccini was known for his assemblage art and radical compressions of compacted automobiles, rubbish, amongst his beautifully executed collages. He was a leading member of the 20th century joining the Nouveaux Réalists amid Arman, Yves Klein, Jean Tinguely, Pierre Restany and others who found inspiration in urban life. Always on the hunt for new material, César executed in 1985 this piece by assembling together newspaper images of Phillippe Bouvard, a French television and radio presenter. César made the montage with newspapers where his face was pictured and offered it to him. Lines of crayon are applied below the cube-shaped composition to create the shadow. His collages and sculptures are displayed in museums such as the Tate Modern in London and the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris.
This work is registered in the archives of Denyse Durand-Ruel under the number 7631 and is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity delivered by Denyse Durand-Ruel.