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The Kiss Constantin Brancusi

Constantin Brancusi, a Romanian sculptor born in 1876, is considered one of the first creators in modern art and was a central figure of the modern movement and a pioneer of abstraction. As a young man he was a craftsman in woodcarving. From 1898 to 1902, he studied at the National Fine Arts School in Bucharest. He was eager to continue his education in Paris. In 1904 Brancusi went to Paris and enrolled in the cole des Beaux-Arts in 1905. He worked for two years in the workshop of Antonin Merci of the cole des Beaux-Arts and was invited to enter the workshop of Auguste Rodin. Even though he admired Rodin he left the Rodin studio after only two months. After leaving Rodin's workshop, Brancusi began developing the revolutionary style for which he is known. In 1908, Brancusi created his first major work, The Kiss. In this piece there are two figures that form a closed volume with symmetrical lines. In one of his first direct carvings, he developed his style of the pure, natural use of form that became his trademark and that would influence the work of numerous artists. Brancusis The Kiss, is a closed form sculpture. Closed form is when the artwork reflects the raw mass from which it has been carved. You can clearly see the rectangular shape of the limestone that was originally there. The overall impression of this is a solid mass even though some of the original block has been carved away. The shape of this sculpture is very geometric. A rectangular shape is present in the piece. This is because most of the original block of limestone was not cut away leaving the shape of the limestone behind in the sculpture. This work is not meant to be touched and it has a rocky texture. The surface quality of this piece not smooth but not rugged either. You can see without touching that it would feel somewhat rough to the touch. Within this work there is an apparent symmetry between the two figures. The two figures

balance each other out so that the visual weight is evenly spaced. There are also symmetrical lines. This work seems to be static and unchanging. Even though it is static, it still has a powerful energy. Brancusi carved the sculpture from limestone, a strong stone that can withstand the test of time. The Kiss displays that love is everlasting. He created the sculpture in true human form. It can be best said in Brancusis own words [it is]something that will remind us not only a pair of people in love, but all the pairs that lived and loved, here, on Earth, before leaving this world. This abstract piece was most likely created to invite the viewer to explore life and love in its simplicity. The eyes create one eye to the viewer, which reminds me of when a couple is so in love, that even without words, just by looking at each other they know what the other is thinking or feeling. The pairs mouths are in a kiss, a sign of affection for the ones you love, signifying the bond and passion between the man and woman. The couple holds each other in an embrace so close and tight that no one can come between them. Ultimately, it has reduced the sculpture to "the kiss". The focus is not placed on the man or the woman - their bodies, or the detail - the sculpture minimizes it down to the action of the kiss and the embrace. It is "blocky" and "primitive", but it depicts exactly what it should with clean and simple lines. It's beautiful in its simplicity. Brancusi was one of the first great abstract sculptors. With his first major work The Kiss, he showed simplicity of form. This closed form work of art demonstrated how love can be everlasting and to be carved in stone was a fitting medium. This piece speaks great volumes while maintaining a simplicity that is so hard to achieve. This is without a doubt one of the best works of art Brancusi has to offer.