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BRANCUSI, Constantin

Hobitza, Romania 1876 - Paris 1957

Sagesse

Wisdom

c. 1908

limestone

statuette

Dimensions (HxWxD): 22 14 x 7 14 x 14 14 in.

Acc. No.: 1955.646

Credit Line: Ada Turnbull Hertle Fund, 1955.646

Photo credit: ph. Art Institute of Chicago


Provenance

  • Paris, 9ter rue d'Alésia, M. Alexandre Stoppelaire [letter of June 19, 1967 from Albert Loeb in curatorial file]
  • by 1954, sold to Pierre Loeb Gallery, Paris [letter mentioned above and letter of January 21, 1964 from Sidney Geist in curatorial file]
  • summer 1954-June 1955, sold to Curt Valentin Gallery, Inc., New York [letter from Sidney Geist listed above] [Curt Valentin dies August 19, 1954 in Italy]
  • 1955, sold to the Art Institute, Ada Turnbull Hertle Fund

Bibliography

  • Museum's website, September 3, 2013
  • 1956 Gindertael
    Gindertael, Roger Van, (1956), p. 10.
  • 1957 Lewis
    Lewis, David, Constantin Brancusi (New York: George Wittenborn Incorporated, 1957), pp. 11–14, 16, pl. 5, as Ancient Figure.
  • 1958 Gideion-Welcker
    Carola Gideion-Welcker, Constantin Brancusi (Basel: Benno Schwabe and Co., 1958) pp. 15 (n. 1), 46 (ill.), 235, 237, pl. 2, as Ancient Figure (Figure Ancienne).
  • 1963 Jianou
    Ionel Jianou, Brancusi, (New York: Tudor Publishing Company, 1963), p. 94, as Ancient Figure.
  • 1966 Spear
    Athena T. Spear, “Letter to the Editor,” Art Bulletin, v. 48, nos. 3–4 (September–December 1966), p. 467.
  • 1968 Geist
    Sidney Geist, Brancusi: A Study of the Sculpture (New York: Grossman Publishers, 1968) pp. 30, 187 (ill.), 231-2, as Ancient Figure.
  • 1969 Spear
    Athena T. Spear, Brancusi’s Birds (New York University Press, 1969), p. 129, as Seated Figure.
  • 1975 Geist
    Sidney Geist, Brancusi: The Sculpture and Drawings (New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1975), p. 193, as Ancient Figure
  • 1975-1976 Magid
    Deborah Menaker Magid, “A Note on Brancusi and the London Salon,” Art Journal, v. 35, no. 2 (Winter 1975/76), pp. 105-6 (ill.), fig. 2, as Ancient Figure.
  • 1976 Geist
    Sidney Geist, “La Sagesse or Cumintenia pˇamîntului?,” Klassiker der modernen Plastik: Constantin Brancusi, Plastiken—Zeichnungen exh. cat. (Duisburg: Wilhelm-Lehmbruck Museum, 1976), pp. 95, 96 (ill.), 97, 99, fig. 8, as Ancient Figure, La Sagesse.
  • 1986 Varia
    Radu Varia, Brancusi (New York: Rizzoli, 1986), pp. 57, 59, 62 (ill.), 63, 64 (ill.), 65 (ill), 66, 134, 300 (n. 7), as Ancient Figure.
  • 1987 Bach
    Friedrich Teja Bach, Constantin Brancusi: Metamorphosen Plastischer Form (Köln: DuMont Buchverlag, 1987) pp. 429 (ill.), 508, 510, 518, fig. 94, as Alte Figur (Figure ancienne).
  • 1986 Hulten, Dumitresco et Istrati
    Pontus Hulten, Natalia Dumitresco, et Alexandre Istrati, Brancusi (Flammarion, 1986), pp. 74 (ill.), 282 (ill.), cat. 53, as Ancient Figure.
  • 1993 Andreotti
    Margherita Andreotti, “Brancusi’s Golden Bird: A New Species of Modern Sculpture,” Museum Studies v. 19, no. 2 (1993), p. 198, n. 1.
  • 1994 Voltz-Locher
    Christa Voltz-Locher, Constantin Brancusi (Kultur Verlag/Austria, 1994).
  • 1995 Hulten, Dumitresco et Istrati
    Pontus Hulten, Natalia Dumitresco, et Alexandre Istrati, Tout l’art monographie: Constantin Brancusi (Flammarion, 1995), pp. 68, 69 (ill.), as Figure ancienne.
  • 1995 Miller
    Sanda Miller, Constantin Brancusi: A Survey of His Work (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1995), pp. 74, 75 (ill.), 76–7, 106 (n. 91), 107 (n. 96), 124, 126, 243, pl. 55, as Ancient Figure.

Exhibitions

  • 1916 London

    Eighth London Salon of the Allied Artists’ Association, London, Grafton Galleries, March 1916, p. 23, cat. 19, as La Sagesse


    1955 New York

    Closing Exhibition: Sculpture, Paintings and Drawings, New York, Curt Valentin Gallery, June 8, 1955, n.p., cat. 9, as Seated Figure


    1955-1956 New York/Philadelphia

    Constantin Brancusi, New York, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, October 16, 1955–January 8, 1956, n.p., no cat. no., as Ancient Figure; traveled to Philadelphia Museum of Art, January 27–February 26, 1956