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BRANCUSI, Constantin

Hobitza, Romania 1876 - Paris 1957

Muse endormie

Sleeping Muse

1910

bronze

head

Dimensions (HxWxD): 6 516 x 10 1416 x 7 916 in.

Acc. No.: 1931.523

Credit Line: Arthur Jerome Eddy Memorial Collection, 1931.523

Photo credit: ph. Art Institute of Chicago


Provenance

  • Bought in London (?) by lawyer and collector Arthur Jerome Eddy (1859-1920) after visiting the Armory Show in New York in 1913
  • 1920, After his death some of his art collection was dispersed
  • 1931, The Art Institute of Chicago director Robert B. Harshe accepted 23 paintings of Eddy?s?including all four Kandinskys--for the Institute from Eddy's widow, known today as the Arthur Jerome Eddy Memorial Collection
  • 1931, Arthur Jerome Eddy Memorial Collection

Bibliography

  • Museum's website (accessed September 4, 2013)
  • https://dictionaryofarthistorians.org/eddyj.htm (accessed April 6, 2017) (mentions a Brancusi bought in London)

Comment

  • Museum's website, September 4, 2013:
    Upon arriving in Paris from Romania in 1904, Constantin Brâncusi quickly rejected the prevailing theatricality and narrative detail of master sculptor Auguste Rodin. Instead of modeling in clay, and inspired by non-Western art, he began to carve directly into stone, the material chosen for his first version of Sleeping Muse. Further reducing and abbreviating form, Brâncusi revised some works by casting them in metal with a fine finish. Such sculptures as this version of Sleeping Muse are self-sufficient, archetypal modern forms.
    (Permanent collection label)