Art Days with Chrisb Marquez
Today i bring you Art Lovers the Fenomenal Artwork Life of Constantin Brâncuși born Romanian on February 19, 1876 —March 16, 1957.
He was a Romanian sculptor, painter and photographer who made his career in France. Considered a pioneer of modernism, one of the most influential sculptors of the 20th-century, Brâncuși is called the father and outsider of modern sculpture.
As a child he displayed an aptitude for carving wooden farm tools. Formal studies took him first to Bucharest, then to Munich, then to the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris from 1905 to 1907.
His art emphasizes clean geometrical lines that balance forms inherent in his materials with the symbolic allusions of representational art.
Brâncuși sought inspiration in non-European cultures as a source of primitive exoticism, as did Paul Gauguin, Pablo Picasso, André Derain and others.
But other influences emerge from Romanian folk art traceable through Byzantine and Dionysian traditions.
In 1903, Brâncuși traveled to Munich, and from there to Paris. In Paris, he was welcomed by the community of artists and intellectuals brimming with new ideas. He worked for two years in the workshop of Antonin Mercié of the École des Beaux-Arts, and was invited to enter the workshop of Auguste Rodin. Even though he admired the eminent Rodin he left the Rodin studio after only two months, saying, “Nothing can grow under big trees.
Brâncuși was cared for in his later years by a Romanian refugee couple. He became a French citizen in 1952 in order to make the caregivers his heirs, and to bequeath his studio and its contents to the Musée National d’Art Moderne in Paris.
Brâncuși held a large spectrum of interests, from science to music. He was a good violinist and he would sing old Romanian folk songs, often expressing by them his feelings of homesickness.
After the installment of communism, he never considered moving back to his native Romania, but he did visit it eight times.
Some Quotes from Constantin B.
“There are idiots who define my work as abstract; yet what they call abstract is what is most realistic. What is real is not the appearance, but the idea, the essence of things."
“I ground matter to find the continuous line. And when I realized I could not find it, I stopped, as if an unseen someone had slapped my hands.”
Other Master pieces:
- Bust of a boy (1906)
- The Prayer (1907)
- La Sagesse de la Terre (1908)
- Sleeping Muse (1910), Metropolitan Museum of Art
- Mademoiselle Pogany (1912), Philadelphia Museum of Art
- Miss Pogany (1913,) drawing, the Botarro Collection
- The Kiss (1916), Philadelphia Museum of Art
- Princess X (1916), Philadelphia Museum of Art
- Madame L.R. (1914–1918)
- A Muse (1917)
- Chimera (1918)
- Eileen Lane (1922), the Botarro Collection
- Bird in Space (1924), Philadelphia Museum of Art
- Portrait of Nancy Cunard (also called Sophisticated Young Lady) (1925–1927)
- Le Poisson (1926)
- Le Coq (1935)
- Sculptural Ensemble of Constantin Brâncuși at Târgu Jiu (1935)
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