L'Homme pressé


Bronze on steel

Sculpture with base: 808 x 157 x 381 cm (116 1/8 x 50 x 99 3/16 in.)

Commissioned by François Pinault for the "Le Monde vous appartient" (“The World Belongs to You”) exhibition at the Palazzo Grassi, L’Homme Pressé (Man in a Hurry) represents a blank giant with a hybrid appearance between man, monster and robot, advancing at a decisive pace. This colossal statue, almost eight meters high, seems to draw its sense of unstoppable movement from its incompleteness: the metal structure is visible, its contours are deformed but in some places highly detailed.

L’Homme Pressé by Thomas Houseago draws on many artistic references, both historic and contemporary, evoking Greek and African statues, and even the work of Picasso. He chooses to highlight his process of production by using awkward shapes, roughly cut, giving a feeling of both vulnerability and power.

The artist’s work in the Pinault Collection was shown at the Palazzo Grassi at the "Le Monde vous appartient" exhibition (2011-2012).