"The present contains nothing more than the past and what is found in the effect was already in the cause."--Henri Bergson, Creative Evolution, 1907. From the series Great Ideas of Western Man.
Born: Saint-Christoly-de-Medoc, France 1912
Died: Paris, France 1996
acrylic, epoxy: relief cast and painted 41 1/4 x 27 1/2 x 2 1/2 in. (104.8 x 70.0 x 6.3 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Container Corporation of America
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 49B
Luce Center Label
Edgard Pillet created this piece for the advertising campaign “Great Ideas of Western Man” for the Container Corporation of America. The arrangement of lines and geometric shapes evokes a modern cityscape. A large circle floats above the “city,” inside which a complex pattern of smaller circles resembles the inner workings of a machine. Pillet evokes the image of a clockwork universe, suggesting that the present is simply an outcome of processes that were set in motion before history.
Abstract - geometric
paint - acrylic
plastic - epoxy