Constantin BrancusiMaiastra 1911

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Artist
Constantin Brancusi (1876‑1957)
Title
Maiastra
Date 1911
MediumBronze on limestone base
Dimensionsobject: 905 x 171 x 178 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1973
Reference
T01751
On loan to Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen (Rotterdam, Netherlands)

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While working in Paris Brancusi retained a strong association with the traditions of his native country-region Romania :country-region Maiastra exemplifies this inspiration. The polished form evokes a golden bird with miraculous powers, which featured in Romanian folk tales. The carved bird-like forms of the stone base relate to more rustic folk decoration. Emphasising an idealised connection with nature,Brancusi originally set the whole sculpture on a high wooden column in the garden of its first owner, the photographer Edward Steichen

August 2004

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