Constantin Brancusi

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Brancusi - Sleeping Muse
Brancusi - Sleeping Muse

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  • When we are no longer children we are already dead
  • Work like a slave; command like a king; create like a god.
  • Theories are patterns without value. What counts is action.
  • To see far is one thing, going there is another.
  • When you see a fish you don't think of its scales, do you? You think of its speed, its floating, flashing body seen through the water. Well, I've tried to express just that. If I made fins and eyes and scales, I would arrest its movement, give a pattern or shape of reality. I want just the flash of its spirits.
  • Simplicity is not an objective in art, but one achieves simplicity despite one’s self by entering into the real sense of things.
  • They are imbeciles who call my work abstract. That which they call abstract is the most realistic, because what is real is not the exterior but the idea, the essence of things
  • I want just the flash of its spirit.


Constantin Brâncuși, born February 19, 1876, died March 16, 1957, was a Romanian sculptor, painter and photographer who made his career in France. Considered a pioneer of modernism and one of the most influential sculptors of the 20th-century, Brâncuși is called the patriarch 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, and other influences emerge from Romanian folk art traceable through Byzantine and Dionysian traditions.

He was a talented craftsman - he built his own phonograph, and made most of his furniture, utensils, and doorways. His worldview valued "differentiating the essential from the ephemeral," with Plato, Lao-Tzu, and Milarepa as influences. He was a saint-like idealist and near ascetic, turning his workshop into a place where visitors noted the deep spiritual atmosphere.