Constantin Brancusi (Modern Masters Vol 12)

Constantin Brancusi (Modern Masters Vol 12)

By: Eric Shanes (author)Paperback

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This volume in the Modern Masters series is an important and perceptive study of the sculptor Constantin Brancusi, whose arresting forms have exerted a powerful impact on the art of this century. By incisively evaluating the diverse influences that channeled into the artist's work -- including his academic training and brief apprenticeship with Auguste Rodin, the folk art and architecture of his native Romania, Cubism, and African art -- Eric Shanes has produced an insightful study that reveals how this complex artist achieved the expressive simplicity of his innovative sculptures. An extensive "Notes on Technique" section, illustrated with evocative views of the artist's studio, illuminates Brancusi's methods of working in all media, including photography, which he used to record his own ideas about how his sculpture should be seen. The many photographs by Brancusi are complemented by sensitive color illustrations that capture the essence of his art. Written with a clarity of prose that well serves the clarity of the sculptor's own work, this much-needed book presents the fascinating story of a profoundly influential artist. About the Modern Masters series: With informative, enjoyable texts and over 100 illustrations -- approximately 48 in full color -- this innovative series offers a fresh look at the most creative and influential artists of the postwar era. The authors are highly respected art historians and critics chosen for their ability to think clearly and write well. Each handsomely designed volume presents a thorough survey of the artist's life and work, as well as statements by the artist, an illustrated chapter on technique, a chronology, lists of exhibitions and public collections, an annotated bibliography, and an index. Every art lover, from the casual museumgoer to the serious student, teacher, critic, or curator, will be eager to collect these Modern Masters. And with such a low price, they can afford to collect them all.

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About Author

A painter, art historian, and lecturer on the history of modern art, Eric Shanes is also the author of Impressionist London and seven important books on Joseph Mallord William Turner.

Contents

Introduction 7 1. Early Life and Work 11 2. Maturity 15 3. The Natural World 29 4. The Human World 51 5. The Beginning of the World 73 6. The Avenue of Heroes 83 7. The Final Years 99 Artist's Statements 105 Notes on Technique 109 Chronology 117 Exhibitions 120 Public Collections 123 Selected Bibliography 124 Index 127

Product Details

  • publication date: 06/07/1989
  • ISBN13: 9780896599291
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 128
  • ID: 9780896599291
  • weight: 668
  • ISBN10: 0896599299

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