Marc Quinn and Figurative Sculpture

Inspiration: Constantin Brancusi

The Kiss
Constantin Brancusi's 1908 work The Kiss has a radically simple form. Carved in limestone from a single block, the sculpture depicts a couple who embody an innocent intimacy in their embrace. Unlike Quinn’s smooth and luminous white surface, Brancusi’s materials are rough and his technique deliberately primitive, yet the emotional impact of his work is similarly intense.
Brancusi (1876 – 1956) trained initially in Bucharest as a carpenter and stonemason. In 1904 he settled in Paris, where his early influences included African as well as Oriental art. Although encouraged by Rodin, Brancusi decided he wished to make much simpler work and began to explore simple and pure shapes. He began a process of simplifying figures to the point of abstraction, resulting in forms of great purity and balance.
The Kiss
Constantin Brancusi, French (born Romania), 1876-1957
1916, Limestone, 23 x 13 1/4 x 10 inches
Philadelphia Museum of Art: The Louise and Walter Arensberg Collection, 1950 © ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2008
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