Constantin Brancusi on a hot day

Constantin Brancusi, Romanian, 1876 – 1957

  The Philadelphia Museum of Art

 

On hot days, we run in to be with Constantin Brancusi.

The room in which Brancusi’s sculptures are displayed at the Philadelphia Museum of Art is very high-ceilinged.   It is painted white with high, semicircular arches like a Romanesque church.

A churchy balcony overlooks the room on two sides.  Nothing is on this balcony.  You return your eyes quickly to the sculptures.

 

 

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The sculptures are arranged in alcoves like objects of veneration. 

At the far end, Brancusi’s Bird in Space (Yellow Bird) stretches upwards while Mademoiselle Pogany looks demurely down.

 

 

 

Brancusi, August 2015, PMA-12

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Mademoiselle Pogany, III, 1931, white marble, limestone and  oak base.

 

 

Behind Mademoiselle Pogany  is Bird in Space (Yellow Bird); c. 1923-24; yellow marble, marble, limestone and oak base

 

And close to her is a very famous limestone:

 

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The Kiss, 1916, limestone

 

 

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On an oak bench of 1914-16, a Torso of a Young Girl III, c. 1923

 

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Sleeping Muse, marble, front and back, 1910-1911.

  In the collections of the Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, DC

 

 

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White Negress (I), 1923; veined marble, marble base

 

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Three Penguins, marble, 1911-1912

 

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 Torso of a young man (I), 1917-22, maple on a limestone base

 

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Prodigal Son,  c. 1914-15, oak, limestone base

 

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Princess X, 1915-16, polished bronze, limestone base

 

 

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Fish, veined marble, 1922, marble and oak base

 

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Maiastra, 1912,  white marble, marble base

 

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A Bird in Space, 1925 of marble, stone and wood; a second Bird in Space, 1927, of brass, cast stone and wood; and a Maiastra, 1911, of polished bronze.  The black sculpture is called Agnes E. Meier, dates to 1929 and is made of marble.

National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

 

 

Constantin Brancusi, Romanian, 1876 – 1957

The Philadelphia Museum of Art

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