Constantin Brâncuși Mlle Pogany version I, 1913 (after a marble of 1912)

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This sculpture is a portrait of Margit Pogany, a Hungarian artist who sat for Brancusi several times in 1910 and 1911 while she was in Paris studying painting. Shortly after her return to Hungary, Brancusi carved a marble Mlle Pogany from memory, then made a plaster mold of the work, from which he cast four additional versions, including this one, in bronze. In representing its subject through highly stylized and simplified forms, the work was a significant departure from conventional portraiture. Large almond-shaped eyes overwhelm the oval face, and a black patina represents the hair that
covers the top of the head and extends over the elaborate chignon at the nape of the neck. As with other motifs, this was a subject Brancusi would return to and rework in the years to come.

Gallery label from Constantin Brancusi Sculpture, 2018
Bronze with black patina 17 1/4 x 8 1/2 x 12 1/2" (43.8 x 21.5 x 31.7 cm), on limestone base 5 3/4 x 6 1/8 x 7 3/8" (14.6 x 15.6 x 18.7 cm)
17 1/4 × 8 1/2 × 12 1/2" (43.8 × 21.6 × 31.8 cm) Other (bronze): 17 1/4 × 8 1/2 × 12 1/2" (43.8 × 21.6 × 31.8 cm) 5 3/4 × 6 1/8 × 7 3/8" (14.6 × 15.6 × 18.7 cm) Other (approx. weight): 40 lb. (18.1 kg)
Acquired through the Lillie P. Bliss Bequest (by exchange)
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© Succession Brancusi - All rights reserved (ARS) 2018
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