T00472 Papier arraché
(Torn-away Paper) 1961
Inscribed 'Cesar' b.r.
Ink on paper, 65 x 49 1/8 (165 x 125)
Presented by J. Sainsbury Ltd. 1962
Prov: With Hanover Gallery, London (purchased from the artist); J. Sainsbury Ltd., London
Lit: Pierre Restany, César (Monte-Carlo 1975), p.115
César told the compiler on 31 May 1973 that he calls this technique 'papier arraché'. He made these works by coating the paper with a coloured ink, which was allowed to dry; then adding another layer of a different colour, which was also left to dry; and finally adding a third (black). The variegated patches and strips were produced by sticking strips of Sellotape onto the paper and tearing them off with different degrees of violence. A gentle pull would expose just one layer, whereas a violent rip might penetrate down to the white. He discovered this technique by accident.
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, p.100, reproduced p.100