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Golden Bird

Artist:
Constantin Brancusi (French (born Romania), Hobita 1876–1957 Paris)
Date:
ca. 1920
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
22.7 x 14.7 cm (8 15/16 x 5 13/16 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Ford Motor Company Collection, Gift of Ford Motor Company and John C. Waddell, 1987
Accession Number:
1987.1100.37
Rights and Reproduction:
© 2016 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Not on view
Having found the photographs others made of his work uninspired, Brancusi took up the camera to reinterpret and present his sculptures as he alone saw them. His technique was not professional, but his photographs are highly imaginative and are now being recognized as characteristic works of his genius. The burst of light in the breast of the Golden Bird gives it an aura of primitive magic that seems to radiate from it, and the picture's organization is as magisterial and as seemingly simple as the authoritative minimalism of the sculpture.
Inscription: Inscribed and signed in ink on paper separate from photograph: "Ou Biling souvenir [illegibe] // premier exposition en Holand // C. Brancusi - " [Paper dimensions: 4.5 x 18.3 cm, with embossed initials UL corner: "CB"]
Brancusi to Herman Bieling; (sold, Sotheby's, New York, November 17, 1980, Lot #179, to Waddell); John C. Waddell

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The New Vision: Photography between the World Wars. The Ford Motor Company Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art," September 23, 1989–December 31, 1989.

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. "The New Vision: Photography between the World Wars. The Ford Motor Company Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art," February 28, 1990–April 22, 1990.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art. "The New Vision: Photography between the World Wars. The Ford Motor Company Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art," May 10, 1990–July 15, 1990.

High Museum of Art. "The New Vision: Photography between the World Wars. The Ford Motor Company Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art," February 5, 1991–April 28, 1991.

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. "The New Vision: Photography between the World Wars. The Ford Motor Company Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art," June 8, 1991–August 4, 1991.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Johnson Gallery, Selections from the Collection 2," May 4, 1993–October 3, 1993.

IVAM, Centre Julio Gonzalez, Valencia. "The New Vision, IVAM, Centre Julio Gonzalez, Valencia," January 20, 1995–March 26, 1995.

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. "Brancusi, Rosso, Man Ray - Framing Sculpture," February 8, 2014–May 25, 2014.

Hambourg, Maria Morris. The New Vision: Photography between the World Wars, Ford Motor Company Collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1989. no. 122.

Coelen, Peter van der, and Francesco Stocchi. Brancusi, Rosso, Man Ray: Framing Sculpture. Rotterdam: Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, 2014. no. 29b, p. 176.



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