CONSTANTIN BRANCUSI

Brancusi was born in Romania 1876, a sculptor of the modernist movement. He worked for Auguste Rodin, but left after two months saying ‘Nothing can grown under big trees”.

His work is based on simplicity and led to the Modernist movement.  He was influenced by simple geometric patterns be saw in the tradition of folk art,particularly ornate woodcarvings, which was abundant from the area he grew up in, The Carpathian Mountain Region of Romania.

He trained initially as a carpenter and stonemason and early influences was African and Oriental art.

After working with Rodin he began searching for and making more simple pieces, looking for a pure form.He encouraged the revival of carving and was a central figure in Abstraction.  His works are noted for visual elegance and his sensitive use of materials, which he had much respect for.  My personal favorite is The Sleeping Muse, for me it captures serenity and simplicity.muse

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