Every year on February 19 Romania pays tribute to Constantin Brâncuși, one of the most influential sculptors of the 20th-century, pioneer of Modernism, called ,,The Patriarch of modern sculpture”. He was the great artist who carried with him all over the world our national identity.
February 19 was declared Brâncuși Day, at the end of 2015.
Brancusi’s work exudes the simplicity of the life closely linked to Christian beliefs, blended with special refinement and finery. His choice of material includes marble, limestone, bronze and wood. His creation is an important legacy left to the Romanian people: the Sculptural Ensemble in Targu Jiu was built in memory of the soldiers who died during the WWI. The monumental ensemble consists of Masa Tacerii (The Table of Silence), Poarta Sarutului (The Gate of the Kiss) and Coloana Infinitului (Endless Column).
He studied art in Bucharest, then in Munich, and in Paris (École des Beaux-Arts, between 1905 and 1907), being invited to create within the workshop of Auguste Rodin.
After the artist`s death in March 16, 1957, there are 215 sculptures and over 1200 photos, most of them inspired by tradition, all carefully enlisted as reference works of contemporary visual arts. Brâncuși was posthumously elected to the Romanian Academy in 1990. The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York began collecting his works in the 1950s, and in 1955 it organized the first large-scale exhibition dedicated to his worksChristie’s, one of the world’s most prestigious auction houses and the biggest dealer of Brancusi’s works, also holds the record for the highest price paid for a Brancusi sculpture at 27.4 million dollars. While celebrated abroad, Brancusi has not always enjoyed the same recognition at home, in Romania.
Consigned by Claudiu Victor Gheorghiu for the Intell News page in English, February 19, 2021