Essay about The Kiss - Constantin Brancusi

697 Words Apr 29th, 2011 3 Pages
ART-101-01
Museum Paper

The Kiss – Constantin Brancusi

Constantin Brancusi, a Romanian sculptor born in 1876, is considered one of the first creators in modern art and was a central figure of the modern movement and a pioneer of abstraction. As a young man he was a craftsman in woodcarving. From 1898 to 1902, he studied at the National Fine Arts School in Bucharest. He was eager to continue his education in Paris. In 1904 Brancusi went to Paris and enrolled in the École des Beaux-Arts in 1905. He worked for two years in the workshop of Antonin Mercié of the École des Beaux-Arts and was invited to enter the workshop of Auguste Rodin. Even though he admired Rodin he left the Rodin studio after only two months. After leaving Rodin's
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This work seems to be static and unchanging. Even though it is static, it still has a powerful energy. Brancusi carved the sculpture from limestone, a strong stone that can withstand the test of time. The Kiss displays that love is everlasting. He created the sculpture in true human form. It can be best said in Brancusi’s own words “ [it is]…something that will remind us not only a pair of people in love, but all the pairs that lived and loved, here, on Earth, before leaving this world”. This abstract piece was most likely created to invite the viewer to explore life and love in its simplicity. The eyes create one eye to the viewer, which reminds me of when a couple is so in love, that even without words, just by looking at each other they know what the other is thinking or feeling. The pair’s mouths are in a kiss, a sign of affection for the ones you love, signifying the bond and passion between the man and woman. The couple holds each other in an embrace so close and tight that no one can come between them. Ultimately, it has reduced the sculpture to "the kiss". The focus is not placed on the man or the woman - their bodies, or the detail - the sculpture minimizes it down to the action of the kiss and the embrace. It is "blocky" and "primitive", but it depicts exactly what it should with clean and simple lines. It's beautiful in its simplicity. Brancusi was one of the first great abstract sculptors. With his first major work The Kiss, he showed simplicity of form.

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