Focus on One Sculpture: Visiting Cesar’s Great Centaur in Paris
December 21, 2011

 Here’s the plaque. The <i>Centaure</i>1 sculpture by Cesar is from 1985, 13 years before he died. No one talks about Cesar much these days, which I find very interesting because at one point he was HUGE in France, this sculpture is the proof

Here’s the plaque. The Centaure1 sculpture by Cesar is from 1985, 13 years before he died. No one talks about Cesar much these days, which I find very interesting because at one point he was HUGE in France, this sculpture is the proof

It’s so interesting to me to really focus on a work of art that has dropped into the background… today you might walk by this giant and not even look up.

It’s so interesting to me to really focus on a work of art that has dropped into the background… today you might walk by this giant and not even look up.

But what if this were a brand new piece? Would you be thinking of the work of Thomas Houseago or Matthew Monahan? Of course you would. Would you think Cesar is better or worse than they?

But what if this were a brand new piece? Would you be thinking of the work of Thomas Houseago or Matthew Monahan? Of course you would. Would you think Cesar is better or worse than they?

Of course you know my answer, but things exist within their context, so what this piece meant then is not what Matthew Monahan means today, these things are not apples to apples comparisons.

Of course you know my answer, but things exist within their context, so what this piece meant then is not what Matthew Monahan means today, these things are not apples to apples comparisons.

In the 80s Cesar was France’s <i>“Grand Sculpteur”</i>, they loved him, adored him, so much so that this huge sculpture was installed on the street on which he lived. The <i>Centaure</i> (Cesar’s grand self-portrait… a version is on his grave in Montparnasse) is wearing a mask that sits atop his head and that points to the sky. What people don’t see is that this mask is in the likeness of Picasso! I have this info directly from the source! What a concept… do you like it more now or less? Thank you Cesar, <i>a la prochaine</i>!

In the 80s Cesar was France’s “Grand Sculpteur”, they loved him, adored him, so much so that this huge sculpture was installed on the street on which he lived. The Centaure (Cesar’s grand self-portrait… a version is on his grave in Montparnasse) is wearing a mask that sits atop his head and that points to the sky. What people don’t see is that this mask is in the likeness of Picasso! I have this info directly from the source! What a concept… do you like it more now or less? Thank you Cesar, a la prochaine!