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Constantin Brâncuși

Romanian-French, 1876–1957

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Constantin Brâncuși

Romanian-French, 1876–1957

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Seminal modern sculptor Constantin Brancusi created metal castings and carvings in stone and wood that, unadorned and reduced in form, fulfilled his famous principle: “What is real is not the appearance, but the idea, the essence of things.” After moving to Paris from his native Romania, Brancusi was invited to study in Auguste Rodin’s workshop, but left after two months with the explanation that, “Nothing can grow under big trees.” Brancusi’s signature style is graceful in its simplicity, as with his iconic The Kiss (1907-1910) and Bird (1940); he would return to these and other motifs throughout his career, centered on primordial, biomorphic forms. Brancusi was influenced by art and folklore of Cycladic, African, and Romanian cultures, and he inspired numerous sculptors to focus on fundamental concerns of form and space, including Richard Serra and Isamu Noguchi, the latter serving as his studio assistant in 1927.

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The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 4 more
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The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 12 more
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Tate, and 2 more
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Artforum, and 2 more
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Biography

Seminal modern sculptor Constantin Brancusi created metal castings and carvings in stone and wood that, unadorned and reduced in form, fulfilled his famous principle: “What is real is not the appearance, but the idea, the essence of things.” After moving to Paris from his native Romania, Brancusi was invited to study in Auguste Rodin’s workshop, but left after two months with the explanation that, “Nothing can grow under big trees.” Brancusi’s signature style is graceful in its simplicity, as with his iconic The Kiss (1907-1910) and Bird (1940); he would return to these and other motifs throughout his career, centered on primordial, biomorphic forms. Brancusi was influenced by art and folklore of Cycladic, African, and Romanian cultures, and he inspired numerous sculptors to focus on fundamental concerns of form and space, including Richard Serra and Isamu Noguchi, the latter serving as his studio assistant in 1927.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Established
Established representation
Represented by industry leading galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 4 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 12 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 2 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 2 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale International Exhibition, and 1 more
Articles Featuring Constantin Brâncuși
How Brancusi’s Beloved Dog Influenced His Art
Aug 26th, 2019
How Brancusi’s Beloved Dog Influenced His Art
These 5,000-Year-Old Sculptures Look Shockingly Similar to Modern Art
Nov 30th, 2018
These 5,000-Year-Old Sculptures Look Shockingly Similar to Modern Art
How Constantin Brancusi Brazenly Redefined Sculpture
Jul 20th, 2018
How Constantin Brancusi Brazenly Redefined Sculpture
How Dead Artists Continue Producing Work
Jun 7th, 2018
How Dead Artists Continue Producing Work
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