signed, dated 1965 and numbered 6/6 nickel coated bronze, cast by Fonderie National Belge
Height: 40.5 cm.
15 15/16 in.
This work is registered in the Archives Denyse Durand-Ruel, Paris under number 608.
"If there is nothing more anti-sculpture than a human imprint, I feel that by developing my imprint at this scale, I make it become sculpture." The artist in Cesar, Pierre Restany, Editions André Sauret, Monte Carlo 1988, p.146
Based on a cast of the artist's thumb created in plaster in 1963, Cesar's first publicly exhibited Pouce was included in La Main, a show dedicated to sculptures of the human hand held at Galerie Claude Bernard, Paris between December 1965 and February 1966. Enlarged from the life size cast using a pantograph, a mechanism which had been used for this purpose since the early 17th Century, the original example in red polyester resin now resides in the collection of the Tate Gallery, London. While he later made a monumental enlargement of a female breast to decorate a pool at the Rochas perfume factory in Poissy, it was the thumb which most passionately interested Cesar. Although a now iconic part of his output, due to lack of funds the artist was never to realise his dream of creating a five metre tall Pouce.