Torso of a Young Girl [II]

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

Date:
c. 1923

Medium:
White marble; limestone block

Dimensions:
13 3/4 x 9 3/4 x 6 inches (34.9 x 24.8 x 15.2 cm) Base: 6 1/8 x 9 x 8 7/8 inches (15.6 x 22.9 x 22.5 cm)

Copyright:
© Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

* Gallery 188, Modern and Contemporary Art, first floor (Brodsky Gallery)

Accession Number:
1952-61-3

Credit Line:
A. E. Gallatin Collection, 1952

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Additional information:
  • PublicationConstantin Brancusi: 1876-1957

    Brancusi made three somewhat similar sculptures entitled Torso of a Young Girl in 1921, 1923, and 1925. All of them are more abstract and symbolic than the previous works on the same theme. Their silhouettes--slightly tipped on their bases, broadened and rounded in the lower portion, delicately compressed above--show a further development of the stylized sensuousness he had seen in Khmer sculpture. The three versions of the 1920s are carved from a crystalline, luminous white marble--a perfect vehicle for Brancusi's idealized images of virginal femininity. Neither this Torso of a Young Girl nor any of the others was ever cast in bronze. Margit Rowell, from Constantin Brancusi 1876-1957 (1995), p. 200.

Provenance

A. E. Gallatin, New York, acquired before the end of 1936 [1]; bequest to PMA, 1952. 1. Museum of Living Art catalogue, 1936, no. 7. The purchase may have resulted from Gallatin's visit to Brancusi in his studio in summer of 1936; see Gail Stavitsky, The Development, Institutionalization, and Impact of the A.E. Gallatin Collection of Modern Art [Ph. D. dissertation, New York University], 1990, v. 1, p. 308, v. 6, p. 25.


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