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BRANCUSI, Constantin

Hobitza, Romania 1876 - Paris 1957

L'oiseau dans l'espace

Bird in Space

1925

marble, stone, and wood

free-standing abstract

Dimensions (HxWxD): total H. 135 1116 H. (wood pedestal): 47 14 marble "bird": 71 58 x 5 38 x 6 38 H. (stone pedestal): 17 58 in.

Acc. No.: 1967.13.3

Credit Line: Gift of Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer


Provenance

  • 1925, Acquired by Eugene (1875-1959) and Agnes E. (1887-1970) Meyer, Jr., Mount Kisco, NY, and Washington, D.C.
  • 1967, Gift of Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer to the National Gallery of Art, Washington

Bibliography

  • Museum's website, 17 August 2011
  • 1958 Giedion-Welcker
    Carola Giedion-Welcker, Constantin Brancusi 1876-1957, Neuchâtel, 1958, pl. 60, p. 223
  • 1967 Huyghe
    René Huyghe, "L'Energie moteur de l'art du vingtième Siècle", Studies in the History of Art, 1967-68, p. 44-66
  • 1968 Geist
    Sidney Geist, Brancusi. A Study of the Sculpture, New York, 1968, n. 163, repr. 96
  • 1974 Geist
    Sidney Geist, "Brancusi, the Meyers, and Portrait of Mrs. Eugene Meyer, Jr.", Studies in the History of Art vol. 6, 1974,p. 188, p. 191, p. 199, 203 repr.
  • 1984 Walker
    John Walker, National Gallery of Art, Washington. Rev. ed. New York, 1984, p. 651, no. 1030, repr.
  • 1991 Kopper
    Philip Kopper, America's National Gallery of Art: A Gift to the Nation, New York, 1991, p. 315, color repr.
  • 1992 NGA Washington
    National Gallery of Art, Washington, National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1992, p. 260, repr.
  • 1994 NGA Washington
    Sculpture: An Illustrated Catalogue, National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1994, p. 32, repr.

Exhibitions

  • 1926 New York
    Brancusi, The Brummer Gallery, New York, 1926, n. 30, repr.

    1978 Washington
    Aspects of Twentieth-Century Art, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1978-1979, n. 74, repr.

    1995 Paris/Philadelphie
    Constantin Brancusi 1876-1957, Musée national d'art moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1995, n. 85, repr.

Related works

  • Bird in Space, in the same museum, 1989.31.3
    Marble, 1925, Mount Kisco, NY.