“A LONDONER IN PARIS”: ATELIER BRANCUSI



“There are idiots who define my work as abstract; yet what they call abstract is what is most realistic. What is real is not the appearance, but the idea, the essence of things.”

So that’s you told!

Always on the prowl for new artistic and stylish discoveries, A-Gent of Style can now finally strike Atelier Brancusi off the top of his ‘to do’ list for this Paris trip and his “A Londoner in Paris” series.


Atelier Brancusi

Constantin Brancusi (1876-1957), the Romanian-born artist who became a central figure of the modern movement and a pioneer of abstraction, has always been my favourite sculptor and it’s a delight to know there is a permanent retrospective of his works in Paris where he lived and worked most of his life.



I’ve always admired his smooth, polished surfaces in marble and bronze and his roughly hewn and carved works in wood and plaster. I am also fascinated by his variations on a limited number of themes like heads, birds, fish, etc which he simplified almost to the point of abstraction and how his art was fuelled by myths, folklore, and “primitive” cultures.




But in essence, what I find most alluring about Brancusi is how majestic, graceful but also intimate and ethereal his works are. Their simplicity, serenity and directness make them look modern even today and I think he was THE modern master of sculpture. His influence on his student Nogushi and Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, and Jacob Epstein is indisputable.



Constantin Brancusi arrived in Paris in 1904 after attending the Bucharest School of Fine Arts but he created the majority of his works in his Paris studios at 8 and 11 Impasse Ronsin (in the 15th). Brancusi devoted great attention to the arrangement of his sculptures, documenting individual works and their installation in an important body of photographs.

Shortly before he died, he bequeathed his studio and all its contents to the French government on condition that the Musée National d’Art Moderne reconstitute the studio as it had been in its original location near Montparnasse. Architect Renzo Piano reproduced Brancusi’s studio on one side of the Place Georges Pompidou, next to the eponymous Centre where A-Gent of Style went yesterday.




 The layout of the studio has been reconstituted down to the last detail with Brancusi’s sculptures, photographs, manuals, discs and tools to satisfy the artist’s wish to have his work displayed in its entirety. He strongly believed in the meticulous juxtaposition of his sculptures and their spatial relations and that they should never be divorced from their environment

If you want to see the iconic disembodied head of Sleeping Muse, the virtually featureless Beginning of the World, the formal figure of the legendary bird Maiastra, numerous versions of the ethereal Bird in Space and of course the monumental Endless Columns ( and the 137 sculptures, 87 pedestals, 41 drawings, 2 paintings and photographic plates of glass and original photos by the artist that are featured there), then Atelier Brancusi should be at the top of your list too.

Simply Divine

 





























Leave a comment


Name*

Email(will not be published)*

Website

Your comment*

Submit Comment

© Copyright agentofstyle - Designed by Dentdelion