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"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.

1966 Edgard Pillet 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 1984.124.238 Smithsonian American Art Museum
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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.

Keywords

Abstract

Abstract - geometric

sculpture

paint - acrylic

plastic - epoxy

About Edgard Pillet

Born: Saint-Christoly-de-Medoc, France 1912 Died: Paris, France 1996