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Bird in Space
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Bird in Space

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

Made in France, Europe


Polished bronze; black marble base

Height: 50 5/16 inches (127.8 cm) Circumference: 17 11/16 inches (45 cm) Base: 6 5/16 inches (16 cm)

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

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

* Gallery 288, Modern and Contemporary Art, second floor (Brodsky Gallery)

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Credit Line:
The Louise and Walter Arensberg Collection, 1950

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Bird in Space looks like nothing we would recognize as a bird. The simplicity of the abstract shape conveys what is truly real for the artist: the essence of the thing, rather than its external appearance. The pristine shine of the polished bronze atop the smooth black marble makes the sculpture practically disappear, as the surface reflects back the rest of the room. Brancusi explored the theme of the soaring bird in more than thirty marble and bronze versions over the course of four decades.

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