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About This Artwork
Sleeping Muse, 1910
6 5/16 x 10 14/16 x 7 9/16 in. (16.1 x 27.7 x 19.3 cm)
Arthur Jerome Eddy Memorial Collection, 1931.523
Upon arriving in Paris from Romania in 1904, Constantin Brâncusi quickly rejected the prevailing theatricality and narrative detail of master sculptor Auguste Rodin. Instead of modeling in clay, and inspired by non-Western art, he began to carve directly into stone, the material chosen for his first version of Sleeping Muse. Further reducing and abbreviating form, Brâncusi revised some works by casting them in metal with a fine finish. Such sculptures as this version of Sleeping Muse are self-sufficient, archetypal modern forms.