Tuesday, April 29, 2008

the kiss

Constantin Brancusi's work 'The Kiss' (1908) has a radically simple form. Carved in limestone from a single block, the sculpture depicts a couple who embody an innocent intimacy in their embrace. The materials are rough and his technique deliberately primitive, yet the emotional impact of the work is intense.

Brancusi (1876 – 1956) trained initially in Bucharest as a carpenter and stonemason. In 1904 he settled in Paris, and decided to explore simple and pure shapes. He began a process of simplifying figures to the point of abstraction, resulting in forms of great purity and balance.

This is one that Greg made for our garden:

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