Constantin Brâncuși, ‘The beginning of the world’, 1924, Kröller-Müller Museum
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The beginning of the world, 1924

Bronze
6 1/2 × 11 1/5 × 6 1/10 in
16.5 × 28.5 × 15.5 cm
Permanent collection
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Kröller-Müller Museum
Otterlo

Perfect beauty
The nickname for The beginning of the world is ‘Brancusi’s egg’. According to the …

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Sculpture
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.

Constantin Brâncuși, ‘The beginning of the world’, 1924, Kröller-Müller Museum
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About the work
Kröller-Müller Museum
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Perfect beauty
The nickname for The beginning of the world is ‘Brancusi’s egg’. According to the artist, this asymmetrical oval represents perfect beauty. The reduced, compact form refers not only to the beginning of the world, but also to the origins and mystery of human life.

Penetrate to the core
A significant part …

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Sculpture
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.

The beginning of the world, 1924

Bronze
6 1/2 × 11 1/5 × 6 1/10 in
16.5 × 28.5 × 15.5 cm
Permanent collection
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