Constantin Brancusi

Constantin Brancusi, Romanian, born 1876, Hobitza, Romania; died 1957,  Paris, France

These photos were taken in the collections of four museums on the North American east coast.


At the Philadelphia Art Museum  the room in which Brancusi’s sculptures are displayed 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.





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.




Newborn (I), white marble, 1915.  Philadelphia Art Museum



Brancusi, August 2015, PMA-12


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:


Brancusi, August 2015, PMA-07

The Kiss, 1916, limestone



Brancusi, August 2015, PMA-17

Brancusi, August 2015, PMA-18

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





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

  In the collections of the Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, DC



Brancusi, August 2015, PMA-14

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


Brancusi, August 2015, PMA-02

Three Penguins, marble, 1911-1912



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



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


 Brancusi, August 2015, PMA-04

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





Fish, veined marble, 1922, marble and oak base


National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC



Maiastra, 1912,  white marble, marble base




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.


Solomon R. Guggenheim, NY




Muse, 1912, marble on an oak base.  Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, NY



Adam and Eve (carved separately c. 1916) 1921, chestnut (Adam), oak (Eve) on a limestone base




King of Kings, c.1938, oak




The Sorceress, 1916-1924, walnut on limestone base.  Shown on Watchdog, 1916, oak






The Miracle (Seal (I)), c. 1930-1932.  Marble on limestone base




Flying Turtle, 1940-1945.  Marble on limestone base




The King of Kings in company with the Sorceress and Adam and Eve



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