The Kiss (Brâncuși sculpture)

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The Kiss
French: Le Baiser
Constantin Brancusi, 1907-08, The Kiss, Exhibited at the Armory Show and published in the Chicago Tribune, 25 March 1913..jpg
Artist Constantin Brâncuși
Year 1907-08
Type Plaster sculpture
Dimensions 27.9 x 26 x 21.6 cm (11 x 10.25 x 8.5 in)
Location Possibly the Rockefeller-Latner cast

The Kiss is a sculpture by Romanian-born sculptor Constantin Brâncuși. It is an early example of his proto-cubist style of non-literal representation. This plaster was exhibited at the 1913 Armory Show and published in the Chicago Tribune, 25 March 1913.[1] This early plaster sculpture is one of six casts that Brancusi made of the 1907–08 The Kiss. The original stone carving is in the Muzeul de Arta at Craiova, Romania.[2] He created many versions of The Kiss, further simplifying geometric forms and sparse objects in each version, tending each time further toward abstraction.[3] His abstract style emphasizes simple geometrical lines that balance forms inherent in his materials with the symbolic allusions of representational art. Here, the shape of the original block of material is maintained. This version of The Kiss is one of the artists most well known works, along with Sleeping Muse (1908), Prometheus (1911), Mademoiselle Pogany (1913), The Newborn (1915), Bird in Space (1919) and The Column of the Infinite (Coloana infinitului), known as The Endless Column (1938). Another version of The Kiss serves as a tombstone in Montparnasse cemetery in Paris, France.[4] Another version still can be seen at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.[5]

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