The Sleeping Muse


Constantin Brancusi ( French, born Romania, 1876 - 1957 )

c. 1910
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Constantin Brancusi's Sleeping Muse—a detached head lying on its cheek—entered new ground in the representation of a conceptual image. The head is so refined and reduced in its perfect. unblemished shape that only the concept of the original is present. His work from this period set a standard for all succeeding modern sculpture that desired "truth to materials;" the stone's form is closely connected with the form required by the subject itself. Brancusi was one of the most important artists in Paris during the early stages of modern art. His stye was not just a matter of personal temperament, but deeply rooted in traditional art, put to new uses and purposes.

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DMA unpublished material.

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