Golden Bird

Constantin Brancusi French, born Romania

Not on view

Having found the photographs others made of his work uninspired, Brancusi took up the camera to reinterpret and present his sculptures as he alone saw them. His technique was not professional, but his photographs are highly imaginative and are now being recognized as characteristic works of his genius. The burst of light in the breast of the Golden Bird gives it an aura of primitive magic that seems to radiate from it, and the picture's organization is as magisterial and as seemingly simple as the authoritative minimalism of the sculpture.

Golden Bird, Constantin Brancusi (French (born Romania), Hobita 1876–1957 Paris), Gelatin silver print

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