White Negress II

A work made of white marble, black marble, stone, and wood.
© 2018 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

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  • A work made of white marble, black marble, stone, and wood.

Date:

1928

Artist:

Constantin Brancusi
French, born Romania, 1876–1957

About this artwork

Constantin Brâncusi’s art focused not only on the medium and form of his sculptures, but also on the relationships between his works and the light and space around them. His atelier became the site of groundbreaking experimentation, as he regularly combined and recombined the component parts of individual works and rearranged their placement within groups. The complete ensemble of Brâncusi’s White Negress II unites the natural elements of stone and wood into an exploration of modern, abstract form, weight, and mass balanced with great lightness and delicacy. The artist avoided having a dealer and instead preferred to show his work to clients and friends in his studio. By the 1950s, his groupings were so critical to his aesthetic goals that he began to refuse to sell his works so that they could remain in their carefully orchestrated installations.

On View

Modern Art, Gallery 395

Artist

Constantin Brancusi

Title

White Negress II

Origin

France

Date

1928

Medium

White marble, black marble, stone, and wood

Inscriptions

Signed: "C. Brancusi 1928"

Dimensions

sculpture: 19 1/2 × 5 3/4 × 7 1/2 in. (49.5 × 14.5 × 19. cm); black marble base: 14 1/2 × 14 1/2 × 10 in. (36.9 × 36.9 × 25.4 cm); stone base: 21 × 20 × 16 1/2 in. (53.3 × 50.8 × 42 cm); wood base: 17 3/4 × 17 × 13 3/4 in. (45.1 × 43.2 × 35 cm)

Credit Line

Grant J. Pick Collection

Reference Number

1966.4

Copyright

© 2018 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

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