Constantin Brancusi, ‘Untitled (Portrait of Maria Tanase)’, circa 1938-39, Heritage Auctions
Constantin Brancusi, ‘Untitled (Portrait of Maria Tanase)’, circa 1938-39, Heritage Auctions
Constantin Brancusi, ‘Untitled (Portrait of Maria Tanase)’, circa 1938-39, Heritage Auctions
Constantin Brancusi, ‘Untitled (Portrait of Maria Tanase)’, circa 1938-39, Heritage Auctions

We would like to thank Margit Rowell for her gracious assistance in confirming the authenticity of this drawing, which is accompanied by her photo-certificate dated August 30, 2016.

Signature: Signed lower right: C. Brancusi

The artist; Maria Tanase, gift from the above; Nicolae Capsali, Bucharest, Romania, gift from the above; By descent to the present owner.

About Constantin Brancusi

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.

Romanian-French, 1876-1957, Hobiţa, Romania, based in Paris, France