Endless column, Version 1, Constantin Brancusi
Endless Column, Version 1 [La Colonne sans fin, Version 1], 1918
203.2 x 25.1 x 24.5 cm
New York, The Museum of Modern Art.
Gift of Mary Sisler, 1983
© The Museum of Modern Art, New-York © Adagp, Paris 2015 pour l'oeuvre de Constantin Brancusi, Photo Fondation Louis Vuitton / Martin Argyroglo
CONSTANTIN BRANCUSI - Endless column, Version 1, 1983
Made up of superposed oak rhomboids, a traditional motif found in peasant homes in Brancusi’s native country, Romania, the column connects earth and sky with its verticality, making it the axis of the world.The sculptor subsequently returned to the motif in serial variations tending towards an increasingly monumental scale until creating the final version in 1937.With its sober, repetitive geometry, this work has become a seminal touchstone in modern sculpture, notably Minimalist.
Hobitza 19 February 1876 – Paris 16 March 1957