Constantin Brancusi works

Works done during school (1897-1906)

At the beginning of his work, Brancusi sculptures were classical representations of human form.
But the structure of his work progressed rapidly and from 1907 
he no longer liked the realistic aesthetic.
The period between 1987 - 1907 is characterized by an accumulation of knowledge and skill but also by searching for solutions in the modeling of materials.
After 1905 the young artist's vision becomes clearer and stronger and he is trying to apply his feelings on his works.

Works created in this period :

1897 - The chest of Gheorghe Chitu
This is his first sculpture. Gheorghe Chitu was the founder of the School of Arts and Crafts in Craiova.

1898 - Vitellius
Brancusi ViteliusHe received an honorary distinction for this sculpture. 
Vitellius was carved in the first weeks of his entry into National School of Fine Arts in Bucharest.
Even from this work we can see Brancusi's concern in rendering the character of Vitellius in his sculpture.
This work was presented to the Prefecture of Dolj County Council in order for his scholarship to be extended. It is one of the few remaining works he made during school.



1900- Head of Laocoon
Brancusi LaocoonBrancusi recives a bronze medal for the Head of Laocoon in a contest organized at the National School of Fine Arts in Bucharest.

 

 


1902 - Ecorseu
Brancusi EcorseuBrancusi felt more attracted towards the works of the "independents" than towards the academics in school, but he also studied modeling and anatomy, as he demonstrated in his sculpture "Ecorseu".
The statue shows the system of human muscle and ligaments, and is appreciated by Oscar Walter Cisek for it's anatomical precision. This paper shows an excellent knowledge of anatomy.
The idea came from Hermes statue, located at the Museum in Rome. Brancusi worked nearly two years: between 1900 and 1902, with Dr. Gerota assistance.



1902 - Ion Georgescu
Ion georgescuBrancusi was a friend of John Georgescu-Gorjan and made his portrait in Craiova, during his military service when he was living in his house.
When he reviewed his work in 1937, Brancusi remembered how much he enjoyed when he realized that he "guessed" the look of the model itself. The portrait is done in a classical and rigorous manner.Brazianu Barbu wrote: "He used to take a compass to measure his forehead, his eyebrow arch, his nose and his prominent chin, measurements that he imprinted on clay then molded it using his skillful fingers."

1903 - Carol Davila
Carol DavilaThe only public monument in Bucharest made by Brancusi was the bust of General Carol Davila, the founder of the Medical School in Romania.
It was cast in bronze nine years later and installed in the courtyard of the Military Hospital.
In 1912, when they finnaly decided to build the monument, they found out that the gypsum was degraded and was necessary to repair the damage by suppressing the damaged parts.




1905 - Pride
Brancusi PrideWith the plaster sketch of this work, Brancusi began his presentation in 1906 at the Paris Salon chaired by Rodin.
This work represents a head expression - Study after nature. The portrait is designed for a quiet and symmetrical structure. The calm, expressed overall by the sculpture, is disturbed by the look who hides a slight shadow. Brancusi also made ​​a glass statuette representing the same character.
A second version of "pride" varies previous version in plaster by the fact that the bottom was lowered and shoulders removed.



1906 - Painter Darascu
Painter DarascuFor the bust, Brancusi will receive the second prize at Bucharest official Salon in 1909 chaired by Spiru Haret. Painter Nicolae Darascu was Brancusi's friend. The final version of the work has the left arm bent and the right arm severed just below the shoulder. In this work the influence of Auguste Rodin can be seen.
The work will be purchased by the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Public Education.



1906 - Child
Brancusi ChildThis work was presented by Brancusi in 1906 at the Salon d'Automne. From the start, romanians critics had expressed their approval. Professor Michael Dragomirescu states that this work was made with extraodanary talent and it is the best seen by him so far.




1906 - Head of a Child
Brancusi Head of a ChildThis work was presented by Brancusi at the exhibition organized in Paris by Societe Nationale des Beaux-Arts in April 1907 under the name "Ebauches". The sculpture captures very well the expression of intelligence.
The work is a combination of the teachings of Rodin and Medardo Rosso.
It will be cast in bronze in 3 copies. Brancusi exhibit this work in 1912 at the Romanian Athenaeum, at the Official Salon. It is a work that first appeared on the occasion of the Centennial of the sculptor, in 1976, being part of a private collection.

1906 - The bust of Victoriei Vaschide - Paris.
1906 - The bust of doctor Zaharia Samfirescu - Paris.
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