Modern and Contemporary Art
Bird in Space
Constantin Brancusi, French (born Romania), 1876 - 1957
Polished bronze; black marble base
1950-134-14,15The Louise and Walter Arensberg Collection, 1950
LabelBird 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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