Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône 1921 - Paris 1998
Moteur #1 et Base pour Moteur#1
Moteur #1 and Base for Moteur#1
welded iron and marble (base)
Dimensions (HxWxD): overall: 18 x 11 x 24 3⁄4 in.
Acc. No.: 1987.747a, b
Credit Line: Gift of Susan W. and Stephen D. Paine
- 1961, New York, purchased from Allan Stone Gallery
- 1987, gift of Susan W. and 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.
Alumni Loan Exhibition, Williamstown, Williams College Museum of Art, May 5-June 17, 1962
DeCordova Collectors, Lincoln, MA, DeCordova Museum, April 9-May 23, 1965
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.