Oct 10, 2007

Brancusi Studio

Brancusi Studio

c. 1930s

Constantin Brancusi

(Romanian, 1876–1957)

Gelatin silver print

Image: 32.1 x 23.5 cm (12 5/8 x 9 1/4 in.); Matted: 61 x 50.8 cm (24 x 20 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 1987.221



Near the end of World War I, sculptor Constantin Brancusi began using photography to document his art. Preferring to present his work in its studio environment, Brancusi controlled how his sculptures were publicly viewed by reproducing and circulating only his own photographs. In this image, Brancusi attempted to guide the viewer to a formal appreciation of his work, emphasizing the concerns that photography share with sculpture, including mass, volume, abstraction, and transparency.

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