Leda

A work made of marble on concrete base.
© 2018 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

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  • A work made of marble on concrete base.

Date:

c. 1920

Artist:

Constantin Brancusi
French, born Romania, 1876–1957

About this artwork

Sculptor Constantin Brâncusi believed the material with which he worked had its own life, a uniqueness and essence that he had to seek out in order to reveal the form contained within. In Leda, sculptural metamorphosis became the very subject of the work. According to classical mythology, the god Zeus changed into a swan in order to seduce the beautiful Leda. Brâncusi explained to visitors to his studio that he chose to transform the transformation—changing Leda, rather than Zeus, into a swan. He explained, "I never could imagine a male being turned into a swan, impossible, but a woman, yes, quite easily." Brâncusi envisioned the form "ceaselessly creating a new life, a new rhythm," which he enhanced by its circular concrete base, a type that he designed by 1916 and used in various sizes for many different sculptures.

On View

Modern Art, Gallery 395

Artist

Constantin Brancusi

Title

Leda

Origin

France

Date

1915–1925

Medium

Marble on concrete base

Inscriptions

none

Dimensions

Marble: 22 × 26 × 8 1/2 in.; Circular base: 26 × 48 in. (diameter)

Credit Line

Bequest of Katherine S. Dreier

Reference Number

1953.195

Copyright

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

Extended information about this artwork

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