Constantin Brancusi Biography

(b. 19 february 1876, Hobita, Gorj — d. 16 march 1957, Paris)
Brancusi personality

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Though, Brancusi was a lovely and sociable person, he also had a very complex personality, which very few could really say they knew and undrestood it. brancusi poza 4He had a good humour, was wearing peasant clothes and had a bear and was interested in almost any subject, from science to philosophy and music.
Talented violinist and singer, he had an eclectic musical taste. He was known among his friends from Paris as a passionate traditional cook and an unsurpassed craftsman, who managed to build his self a phonograph, as well as furniture, tools and even doors in his workshop.

However, Constantin Brancusi in his youth was known among his friends as a true bohemian soul of the party, ready for fun at any time, organizing a successful party, in which was also the host, cook and entertainer. He loved cigars and fine quality wine, the company of women, even if he usually exaggerate in all three of them.
As he gained more and more money, the excesses brought him trouble once, and had to be treated for nicotine poisoning. Though he never married he had many relationships and at least one child which he never recognized.

In the last 19 years of his life the artist has made only about 12 works, most of them were based on works made in the past. The Second World War and his age prevented him to leave Paris.
As his fame grew relentlessly, the former bohemian became increasingly recluse. Because of his reluctance to make confessions we still dont know today what was the reason that changed the artist attitude so profund.
Those who knew him better, thought it was just a game, but one in which Brancusi took refuge in order to avoid the publicity. On the other hand, his loneliness was authentic, because most of his relationships were superficial or purely professional. Because of his age it was hard to make new friends, so he chosen to take refuge in solitude and silence, even if he still happly received visitors who crossed the threshold of his workshop.
In the last years of his life, Brancusi, was attended by two Romanian refugees, who moved into the apartment near his workshop.

To be able to designate these last heirs and friends and to be able to leave his works to the National Museum of Modern Art in Paris, Brancusi became a French citizen in 1952.
He died on March 16, 1957, at age 81, leaving behind over 1,200 photographs and 215 sculptures, of an unmatched aesthetic and cultural value.
From 1963 until today, over 50 books and monographs and thousands of studies and articles on Constantin Brancusi, appeared in all parts of the world, which definitively established his place as a brilliant artist and even as "one of the greatest artists of all time" (Jean Cassou). In 1937, renowned sculptor Henry Moore wrote: "Brancusi was the one who gave our time the pure form of consciousness. Closer to us, Frank Gehry accurately indicates the influence that the Romanian sculptor had on him.