César Baldaccini presents an ode to the thumb: le pouce.

César Baldaccini presents an ode to the thumb: le pouce.

César Baldaccini presents an ode to: ‘the thumb’ [le pouce]:

“The hand without a thumb is at worst nothing but an animated fish-slice, and at best a pair of forcepts whose points don’t meet properly.

Whithout the thumb the hand is put back 60 million years in evolutionary terms to a stage when the thumb hand no independent movement and was just another digit.”

Quote by: John Napier

In the summer of 2008 one hundred works of the French sculptor César Baldaccini were exhibited from early July till the end of october at ‘la Fondation Cartier’ for Contemporary Art, featured by Jean Nouvel, architect of the building and friend of the famous artist.

The visitors were able to discover many of César’s famous thumbs, made by the artist with various materials including: bronze, Baccarat crystal, stainless steel, aluminum and pink marble.

The thumb (le pouce) by César Baldaccini presented at 'la Fondation Cartier' in Paris (2008).

MORE ABOUT THE THUMB:
Ode to the thumb – sculpute by César Baldaccini: ‘le pouce’
Hand art: thumb, finger & hand sculptures
The human thumb: differences between men & women
The culture of Palmistry: news & research
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The hand.

Psychology Research

In 1998 neurologist Frank R. Wilson published a book titled: “The hand: how its use shapes the brain, language, and human culture”. The book was written into the premise that the hand is as much at the core of human life as the brain itself.

The human hand appears to be a miracle of biomechanics, one of the most remarkable adaptions in the history of evolution. The hands of a concert pianist can elicit glorious sound and stir emotion; those of a surgeon can perform the most delicate operations; those of a rock climber allow him to scale a vertical mountain wall.

In his book Wilson makes the striking claim that it is because of the unique structure of the hand and its evolution in cooperation with the brain that Homo sapiens became the most intelligent, preeminent animal on the earth. And the thumb – Wilson dedicated a full chapter to what he calls the ‘The Twenty Four Karate Thumb’ – played a major role in the evolution of human kind.

The french sculptor César Baldaccini must have had likewise associations while making his famous sculpture ‘The Thumb’ (Le Pouce) – first presented in 1965 in Paris, today you can see it (in bronze or marble) in museums and public places all over the world – see the pictures below.

César & his 'thumb'.The Thumb.

PSYCHOLOGY RESEARCH & THE HUMAN HAND:

The following research programs focuss on important themes in modern psychology, which are being related to various aspect of the human hand:

  • Hand features related to Autism
  • Hand features related to Neuroticism
  • Left handed & leftward hand asymmetry
  • The top 10 hand gestures you’d better get right