London: Faber and Faber, 1988. first edition published in England. Quarto, 34 x 25 cm, 336 pp., 602 illustrations including 64 plates in colour, hard cover in reddish-brown cloth, gilt titling on spine, colour dust wrapper with a front cover view of Brancusi’s Studio, Musée National d’Art Moderne, Paris, and on the back wrapper a photograph of his 1925 stone sculpture, The Kiss. Contents: Essays by the authors on Brancusi’s concept of sculpture and his life, Notes, Aphorisms, Acknowledgments, Catalogue of Works, Catalogue of Furniture and Objects, Selective List of Exhibitions, Bibliography, Photographic Credits, Index of Works, Index of Names and Places.
Near fine, book binding tight, clean and bright, wrapper cover has some limited shelf wear. Item #981
Constantin Brancusi (1876-1957) was one of the 20th century’s most important and influential sculptors. Like the French sculptor François Rodin, who Brancusi knew and admired, the Romanian through his works profoundly changed the way we look at the world. Born in Romania, Brancusi studied in Bucharest and Munich, and from 1905-1907 at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. A pioneer of modern abstract sculpture, and a painter and photographer, Brancusi made his career in France. Best known for his ovoid heads and birds in flight, Brancusi produced marble and bronze works which are elegant examples of pure form, emphasising clean geometrical lines. He sought inspiration from non-European cultures, and from Byzantine and Dionysian traditions. Brancusi’s sculptures in wood are frequently prototypes for works in other materials.
The present book presents a comprehensive panorama of Brancusi’s artistic creations, including his drawings, paintings and his remarkable photographs. The authors draw on Brancusi’s papers, letters and notebooks to show the sculptor’s achievements. Pontus Hulten (1924-2006), the Swedish art collector and since 1959 the director of many European and American museums, regarded as one of the most distinguished 20th century museum professionals, introduces the book with a major essay on Brancusi. Natalia Dumitresco and Alexandre Istrati, the two Romanian artists who worked with Brancusi towards the end of his life, wrote the book’s detailed biographical section and the authoritative illustrated catalogue raisonné. Brancusi became a French citizen in 1952 in order to make his caregivers, a Romanian refugee couple, his heirs, and to bequeath his studio and its contents to the Musée National d’Art Moderne in Paris.