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Constantin Brancusi

  1. 2. Life Constantin Brancusi (February 19, 1876 – March 16, 1957]), was a Romanian sculptor, born in Hobiţa, Gorj, near Târgu Jiu, where he placed his sculptural ensemble with The Table of Silence, The Gate of the Kiss and The Endless Column. Brancusi studied art at the School of arts and crafts in Craiova from 1894 to 1898 and at the National school of fine arts in Bucharest from 1898 to 1901. Wishing to further his education in Paris, he arrived there in 1904 and enrolled in the École des Beaux-Arts in 1905. As an art student he was influenced by Auguste Rodin, but his style moved beyond naturalist representation to stylized elegant forms. Brancusi was one of the first sculptors to experiment with abstract art (although never, in his own view, moving into pure abstraction). His sculptures became progressively smoother and less figurative, until only the barest outline of the original subject was left, venturing even further away from figurative sculpture than his countryman and contemporary Dimitrie Paciurea.
  2. 3. The Table of Silence
  3. 4. The Gate of Kiss
  4. 5. The Endless Column
  5. 6. Adam & Eva
  6. 7. King of Kings
  7. 8. The Prayer
  8. 9. Beginning of the World
  9. 10. Fish
  10. 11. Mlle Pogany
  11. 12. Pogany I
  12. 13. Pogany II
  13. 14. Reclining Head
  14. 15. Life Constantin Brancusi lived and worked from 1925 to 1957 in his workshop, located in the impasse Ronsin, in the 15ème arrondissement of Paris. The original workshop has disappeared and has been rebuilt near the Centre Georges Pompidou. Located in the Montparnasse Cemetery are statues carved by Brancusi for a few fellow artists who committed suicide, the best-known of which is his work, The Kiss. Brancusi died on March 16, 1957 and was buried in the Montparnasse Cemetery, Paris, France.
  15. 16. Brancusi Museum - Paris
  16. 17. The Kiss I
  17. 18. Male Torso
  18. 19. Muse
  19. 20. Sleeping Muse I
  20. 21. Sleeping Muse II
  21. 22. Sleeping Muse III
  22. 23. Sleeping Muse IV
  23. 24. Socrates
  24. 25. Study related to “The First Step”
  25. 26. Legacy His works are housed in the New York Museum of Modern Art and in the National Museum of Art of Romania (in Bucharest), as well as in other major museums around the world. The Philadelphia Museum of Art currently has the largest collection of Brancusi sculptures in the US. Brancusi's onetime studio in Paris is open to the public. It is very close to the Pompidou Centre, in the rue Rambuteau. He donated part of his collection to the French state on condition that his workshop be rebuilt as it was on the day he died. In 2004, a sculpture by Brancusi named Danaide sold for $18.1 million, the highest that a sculpture piece had ever sold for at auction. In May 2005, a piece from the Bird in Space series broke that record, selling for $27.5 million in a Christie's auction.
  26. 27. Danaide
  27. 28. Bird in Space
  28. 29. The Bird
  29. 30. The Blonde Negress
  30. 31. The Cock
  31. 32. Golden Bird
  32. 33. Maiastra
  33. 34. The Newborn
  34. 35. The Kiss II, III
  35. 36. Quotations “ The people who call my work 'abstract' are imbeciles; what they call 'abstract' is in fact the purest realism, the reality of which is not represented by external form but by the idea behind it, the essence of the work.” “ Create like a god, command like a king, work like a slave.” - Constantin Brancusi
  36. 37. Women’s head
  37. 38. The Prayer
  38. 39. Wisdom of the Earth
  39. 40. Suffering
  40. 41. Bust of a boy
  41. 42. Portret - Darascu
  42. 43. Portret – General Carol Davila
  43. 44. Portret - Vitellius
  44. 45. Torso of a Young Man
  45. 46. Torso of a Young Woman
  46. 47. Sleeping Child
  47. 48. Two Penguins
  48. 49. Message of Peace Physics affirms that the most likely shape, that any given element is going to take, is that of a sphere. In many of Brancusi’s works of art, we observe egg-like, sphere-like lines, shapes, thus the observer understands that his whole life’s work is that of a quest for perfection. But perfection isn’t that easy to reach. Perseverance is highly priced. It took him two years of marching to get to Paris from Romania. He took this journey of enlightening when he was no more of a child. Shortly after this he became famous. Peace can only put up routes where a perfect society exists. What Brancusi is telling us is that we should persevere, till Infinity if necessary, to reach perfection, thus to reach Peace.