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La Pacholette
© ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2015

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La Pacholette 1966

Not on display

César became internationally known in the 1960s for his sculptures made by crushing cars. However, he had been making figurative sculpture since the early 1950s by welding together scrap metal. He made a series of female torsos and later moved on to making wing-like structures and imaginary and fantastical animals. In this large bronze sculpture, the bird’s encrusted feet contrast with its polished, if ragged-edged, plumage. The title is taken from a French slang word used in Marseilles, described by the artist’s assistant as meaning ‘something like “a nice girl” or as we could say in a certain vulgar French “une belle poule”.’

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Figurative art

A general term for art that refers to the real, visible world, used more specifically for the representation of the human figure.

Figurative art


  • Acc. No. GMA 1107
  • Medium Bronze (6/9)
  • Size 86.40 x 96.50 x 72.00 cm
  • Credit Purchased 1970