A selection of contemporary works by Pollès have been exhibited in the field of the magnificent Abbey du Vaux de Cernay.
The Vaux de Cernay Abbey located in the Chevreuse valley in the national forest of Rambouillet is an enchanting peaceful place.
Vibrating with this majestic gothic architecture and its soundless parc, Pollès’
monumental sculptures were admired.
Pollès was born in Paris in 1945
Like Leonard de Vinci in an anatomical search of perfection, of representation of movement, with an almost scientific or medical glance, Pollès holds the utmost passion of anatomy: he learns about the human body, the complicated hank of muscles, movements of members and all the bodily mechanics. That’s why in 1964 he starts medicine school and along side goes to the Charpentier Academy where he follows art lessons.
In 1966, he encountered sculpture in London where he was invited by his friend Enzo Plazota.
This final step teaching him all the bases of sculpture.
Pollès then decides to go to live in Italy, in Carrare, an important art place. He moved in 1970 and settled in Pietrasanta where he still lives.
His sculptures, by creating a vision of the moving being, polished and smoothed, break the pureness of aestheticism. He just knows one theme, one model: the female form.
According to Pollès, this is the most beautiful one, the most harmonious one.
“When we are looking at a feminine body, it is splendid, it is musical”.
His love of women, the sensuality, the complexity, the shapes and passions, brought him to explore the female form. Since the beginning he has created a singularly stylized cubist form; this becoming his signature form.
All are cast in bronze by Pollès himself and made in a series of four with one artist’s proof. His masterliness of the patina is considered unparalleled. The world’s recognition of his craft is evidenced by the many awards he has won, the unique places he has shown and the prestigious private collections he is in, including that of Princess Caroline of Monaco.
Pollès was recently honored in an exhibition outside Paris, sponsored by the French Government, called “Sculptors From Rodin to The Present”. He was one of the few living sculptors to be so honored; the others include Abakanowicz, Arman, Saint-Phalle & Wesselmann.
Maurice Rheims, a respected Art Critic, and a member of The French Academy, has said “I consider Pollès to be one of the outstanding sculptors of our time.”
His show in the Bagatelle Gardens in Paris in 1998 was a major honor as he was one of only two artists who have ever been allowed to present their work in the Bagatelle. The other artist is Henry Moore.