Constantin Brancusi Head c.1919–23

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Artist
Title
Head
Tête
Date c.1919–23
Medium Oak
Dimensions Object: 292 x 205 x 210 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1980
Reference
T03066
Not on display

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The basic oval form of Head is an example of the extreme simplicity of Brancusi's wooden carvings. Brancusi associated direct carving and a sympathy for natural materials with the peasant traditions of his native Romania, as well as with African sculpture. Head was originally part of a larger work known as Plato or Little French Girl II, which also included a pole-like neck, torso, legs and large protruding feet. Brancusi cut off the head around 1923 and apparently threw the rest away.

July 2008

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