Saturday, February 19, 2011

Happy Birthday Brancusi!

Today was Constantin Brancusi’s Birthday. He would have had a birthday cake, if people would live 135 years. Maybe not a very fancy cake, he liked things simple. Google decided to do a doodle with his name today. Google is very artsy lately.

Constantin Brancusi is a Romanian-born sculptor that made his career in France.

His early work was influenced by Rodin, but he left after just two months saying " Nothing can grow under big trees."

His sculptures are considered abstract, even the man himself will disagree with the term. "They are imbeciles who call my work abstract. That which they call abstract is the most realistic, because what is real is not the exterior but the idea, the essence of things." His sculpture “Bird in Space” was sold a few years ago for 27.5 mil $, that would tell us enough about his rating in the art world. This piece was considered by US Customs too abstract to even be a sculpture, and it was the subject of a two years court battle between Brancusi and Customs.

“To see far is one thing, going there is another.”

People use all kind of fancy words to describe him. He was always wearing the simple clothing of the Romanian peasants. What he was, more than anything, is simple and true to his values. He saw the true nature of things, right to the core, their essence.

"I do not aspire to be in fashion. For what is in fashion, goes out of fashion… If, on the contrary, your work is contested today, it doesn’t matter. For when it is finally understood, it will be for eternity."

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