Sleeping Muse

Constantin Brancusi French, born Romania

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 899

The subject of a sleeping head occupied Brancusi for almost twenty years. In conceiving and executing Sleeping Muse, the sculptor eschewed drama and detail in favor of reducing ideas to fundamental forms and simplified details. He rendered the essence of languor in the prostrate position of the head, weighed down by inertia, resting peacefully. This bronze is one of four casts made in 1910 from a marble of the previous year for which Baroness Renée Irana Franchon was the model.

Sleeping Muse, Constantin Brancusi (French (born Romania), Hobita 1876–1957 Paris), Bronze

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