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The Epicurean


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Born in Montmartre in 1925, Philippe Hiquily is a very singular artist, sculptor, but also creator of furniture, jewellery, etchings and experimental kinetic and electronic works. The main axis of his work is to play with shapes and balance but also the “coupling” of sculptures and objects. May they be in iron, brass or steel there are always principles behind his sculptures, art must be funny, playful and esthetical. Movements, curves and materials are as many ways to give life to metal that is metamorphosed in an erotic object. From New York to Paris, museums of tribal art to the salon of French aristocracy, this lover of women, protégé of Germaine Richier, friend of Arman, César, Jodorowsky or Alain Jouffroy, this very convivial and great cigar lover, Officer of the National Order of Arts and Letters, has always known, throughout his life, how to completely overwhelm our view of sculpture.


The Work


The last of the sculptures made by Philippe Hiquily is a direct counterpart of the mythical sculpture by the artist: the Marathonienne. Whilst this last one was captured in the effort of her action, Épicurienne (the epicurean), seems on the contrary caught in a moment of serenity and of pure ecstasy.
Pretty and nonchalant she offers herself to the eye but remains more reserved than her elder sister. Her hand chastely caresses her crossed knees whilst her mind wonders in her dreams. Is she really modest or simply relaxed and satiated after having reached climax? As she now joins the Art For All collection in small format, we can now all decide of her destiny… in the palm of our hands.

Edition “Art For All” by Galerie Loft Paris

1981 – Ed.2020,
Black painted cast metal,
H.16 x 8 x 8 cm, 208 grams,
Dim. of the box : 21,2 x 12,5 x 9,5 cm,
Certificate of authenticity included.


Épicurienne 5M, Philippe Hiquily à Saint Germain Des Près

The Epicurean 5M, Philippe Hiquily, Saint-Germain-des-Près, Paris, 2012


Additional information

Weight 208 g
Dimensions 16 × 8 × 8 cm



Cast iron


Edition of 1000


Signed Hiquily


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