About This Artwork

Constantin Brâncusi
French, born Romania, 1876–1957

Two Penguins, 1911/14

Marble
21 1/4 x 11 1/8 x 12 1/8 in. (54 x 28.3 x 30.8 cm)
Signed: "CB"

Ada Turnbull Hertle Fund, 1961.1115

© 2016 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

Exhibition, Publication and Ownership Histories

Exhibition History

London, Gallery Guggenheim Jeune, 1938, cat. 8.

Paris, Musée national d’art moderne, 1953, cat. 158.

New York, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Constantin Brancusi, October 26, 1955–January 8, 1956, no cat.
no, as Two Penguins, 1914; traveled to Philadelphia Museum of Art, January 27–February 26, 1956.

New York, Fine Arts Associates, From Rodin to Lipschitz, 1956 or 1959, cat. 5.

Dallas, Museum of Art, 1959, cat. 23 (ill.).

New York, Staempfli Gallery, Constantin Brancusi 1876–1957: Sculpture, Drawings, Gouaches, November 29–December 31, 1960, pp. 3–4 (ill.), cat. 4, as Deux Pingouins, 1914.

Philadelphia Museum of Art, Constantin Brancusi 1876–1957: A Retrospective Exhibition, September 23–October 30, 1969, p. 68; traveled to New York, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, November 25, 1969–February 15, 1970; Art Institute of Chicago, March 11–April 26, 1970.

Paris, Musée National d'Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Constantin Brancusi, Apr. 14-Aug. 21, 1995; traveled to Philadelphia Museum of Art, October 8–December 31, 1995.

Publication History

Pound, Ezra, The Little Review v. 8 (Autumn 1921), pl. 15 (ill.).

Paleolog, V. G., 1947, p. 49.

Gideion-Welcker, Carola, Constantin Brancusi, trans. by Maria Jolas and Anne Leroy (New York: George Braziller, Inc., 1959), p. 15.

Art News (October 1960).

Staempfli Gallery, Constantin Brancusi 1876–1957: Sculpture, Drawings, Gouaches (New York: Staempfli Gallery, 1960), pp. 3–4 (ill.), cat. 4, as Deux Pingouins, 1914.

Bulletin of the Art Instittue of Chicago 56, no. 2 (1962), p. 34.

Jianou, Ionel, Brancusi (New York: Tudor Publishing Co., 1963), pp. 47, 99, fig. 36 (ill.), as Two Pingoins, 1914.
Geist, Sidney, Brancusi: A Study of the Sculpture (New York: Grossman Publshers, 1968), pp. 46 (ill.), 221, cat. 81.

Geist, Sidney, Constantin Brancusi 1876–1957: A Retrospective Exhibition exh. cat. (Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 1969), pp. cat. 68 (ill.).

Geist, Sidney, Brancusi: The Sculpture and Drawings (Harry N. Abrams, 1975), pp. 91 (ill.), 183, 195, cat. 95 (ill.).

Jianu, Ionel, Constantin Brancusi: Vita si opera (Bucharest: Editura stiintifica si enciclopedica, 1983), n.p. (ill.), fig. 35, as Doi pinguini.

Hulten, Pontus, Natalia Dumitresco, and Alexandre Istrati, Brancusi (Flammarion, 1986), p. 288 (ill.), cat. 79, as Deux pingouins.

Bach, Friedrich Teja, Constantin Brancusi: Metamorphosen Plasticher Form (Cologne: Dumont Buchverlag, 1987), p. 441 (ill.), cat. 118, as Zwei Pinquine (Les deux Pingouins), 1911–14?.

Mocioi, Ion, Estetica Operei Lui Constantin Brancusi (Craiova: Scrisul Romanesc, 1987), p. 61 (ill.), fig. 26 (S. 180), as Doi pinguini.

Shanes, Eric, Modern Masters Series: Constantin Brancusi (Abbeville Press, 1989), pp. 122 (ill.), 123, fig. 124.

Andreotti, Margherita, “Brancusi’s Golden Bird: A New Species of Modern Sculpture,” Museum Studies v. 19, no. 2 (1993), pp. 138, 198, n.1.

Ownership History

Charles Vignier, Paris, 1919 [Paris, 1995]. Henri P. Roché, Paris and Sèvres, by 1955 [New York 1955]. Gladys L. Robinson, 1959 (via Marcel Duchamp) [Paris 1995]; sold Parke-Bernet, New York, October 26, 1960, lot 43 [Paris 1995]. Ileana Bulova, New York, by November 29, 1960 [New York 1960]. Otto Gerson, New York, 1961; sold to the Art Institute, 1961.




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