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BRANCUSI, Constantin

Hobitza, Romania 1876 - Paris 1957

Oiseau dans l'espace

Bird in Space

1927

brass, cast stone, and wood

free-standing abstract

Dimensions (HxWxD): total H.: 113 14 H. (wood base): 33 brass "bird": 73 x 5 38 x 6 18 H. (cast stone base): 7 14 in.

on underside of sculpture: C. BRANCUSI 1927

Acc. No.: 1989.31.3

Credit Line: Given in loving memory of her husband, Taft Schreiber, by Rita Schreiber

Photo credit: Courtesy National Gallery of Art, Washington


Provenance

  • c. 1932, Purchased from the artist by Helena Rubinstein
  • 1966, 20 April, New York, her sale, Parke-Bernet, n. 13
  • Purchased by Stephen Hahn Gallery (New York) for Mr. and Mrs. Taft B. Schreiber
  • 1989, gift of Mrs. Schreiber to the National Gallery of Art, Washington, in loving memory of her husband, Taft Schreiber

Bibliography

  • Museum's website, 17 August 2011
  • 1967 Huyghe
    René Huyghe, "L'Energie moteur de l'art du vingtième Siècle", Studies in the History of Art, 1967-1968, p. 44-66
  • 1994 NGA Washington
    Sculpture: An Illustrated Catalogue, National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1994, p. 33, repr.

Exhibitions

  • 1928 Paris
    Possibly Salon des Tuileries, Palais des Bois, Paris, 1928, n. 390

    1956 Paris
    Exposition Internationale de Sculpture Contemporaine, Musée Rodin, Paris, 1956, n. 44

    1957 Paris
    Paris 09-29: Fastes et décors de la via parisienne de 1909 à 1929, Musée Galliéra, Paris, 1957, n. 42

    1959 Paris
    Foire de Paris, Section "Prestige de l'art dans l'industrie," Paris, 1959

    1994 Washington
    Brancusi: Photographs and Sculpture, The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C., 1994, no cat. entry (exhibition shown at 6 venues prior to Washington)

    1995 Paris/Philadelphie
    Constantin Brancusi 1876-1957, Musée national d'art moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1995, n. 92, repr.

    1997 Berlin
    The Age of Modernism: Art in the Twentieth Century, Zeitgeist-Gesellschaft, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin; Hayward Gallery, London; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, 1997-1998, n. 154, repr. (shown only in Berlin).

Related works

  • Marble, in the same museum, 1967.13.3.