French Sculpture Census

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CÉSAR, César Baldaccini dit,
Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône 1921 - Paris 1998

Moteur #1 et Base pour Moteur#1
Moteur #1 and Base for Moteur#1

fer soudé et marbre (base)

dim. totales : 45,7 x 27,9 x 62,9

N° d'inv. : 1987.747a, b
Credit Line : Gift of Susan W. and Stephen D. Paine

Boston, Massachusetts, Museum of Fine Arts


  • 1961, New York, achat à la Galerie Allan Stone
  • 1987, donation de Susan W. et Stephen D. Paine


  • Museum's website, 20 March 2012
  • 1960 Van Gindertaël
    R. van Gindertaël, "La sculpture à Marseille", XXème siècle, n°14, VI, p.100
  • 1967 Restany
    Pierre Restany, "César en expansion", Galerie des Arts, n°46, VII-VIII-IX, p. 4-9


  • 1960 London
    César Recent sculptures, London, Hanover Gallery, 1960, no. 7
  • 1961 New York
    César Sculpture 1953-1961, New York, Saidenberg Gallery, April 7-May 6, 1961, no. 12, repr.
  • 1962 Williamstown
    Alumni Loan Exhibition, Williamstown, Williams College Museum of Art, May 5-June 17, 1962
  • 1965 Lincoln
    DeCordova Collectors, Lincoln, MA, DeCordova Museum, April 9-May 23, 1965
  • 2006-2012 Boston
    Degas to Picasso: Modern Masters, Boston, Museum of Fine Arts, January 18, 2006-June 1, 2012


MFA Torf Gallery's exhibition catalogue:
One of the series of "compressions" César exhibited in 1960, Moteur #1 is a selection of automobile parts that César crushed and arranged on a base. This 'collage' of various elements such as pipes, nails, tubes, and clusters of rods which remain identifiable within the abstract whole, exemplifies a new sensibility in César's art to the machines of modern society.