Constantin Brancusi

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Constantin Brancusi (February 19, 1876March 16, 1957) was a Romanian sculptor. His best known sculpture is his Bird in Space series.

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  • Simplicity is not an end in art but one arrives at simplicity in spite of oneself, in approaching the real sense of things....
  • I do not aspire to be in fashion.
    For what is in fashion, goes out of fashion....
    If, on the contrary, your work is contested today, it doesn't matter.
    For when it is finally understood, it will be for eternity.
  • Create like a god, command like a king, work like a slave.
  • When we are no longer children, we are already dead.
  • The people who call my work "abstract" are imbeciles; what they call "abstract" is in fact the purest realism, the reality of which is not represented by external form but by the idea behind it, the essence of the work.
  • We always want to understand something. But there is nothing to understand. Everything that you can contemplate here, in the atelier, only has one merit: that you are living it. [1]
  • What is real is not the external form, but the essence of things... it is impossible for anyone to express anything essentially real by imitating its exterior surface. [2]

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