BORN 1 Jan 1921, Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône - DIED 6 Dec 1998, Paris
BIRTH NAME Baldaccini, César
GRAVE LOCATION Paris: Cimetière du Montparnasse, 3 Boulevard Edgar Quinet (division 03)

Son of a bar owner. He studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Marseilles and the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. He made sculptures of pieces of metal and junk materials and by 1952 he had made himself a name depicting insects, animals and nudes.

Together with his wife Rosine and his daughter Anna he lived at the Rue Boulard in the Quartier du Montparnasse in Paris. In 1960 he was was already a leading sculptor when he exhibited three crushed cars in Paris. His compressions soon added to his fame. He joined the Nouveaux Réalistes (New Realists) and in 1965 he started working with plastics.

In 1988 he met the young Stéphanie Busuttil and he left his wife to live with her. After his death of cancer in 1998 there was a dispute over his will between Rosine and Stéphanie.


The grave of César at Montparnasse Cimetière, Paris.
Picture by Androom (22 May 1999)


The grave of César at the Montparnasse cemetery, Paris.
Picture by Androom (27 Aug 2001)


Den Haag Sculptuur 98, Connaissance des Arts, Paris, 1998
César Baldaccini - Wikipedia

Chabot, Henk

Published: 08 Feb 2009
Last update: 25 Apr 2022