Lot 614: Pioneering Romanian sculptor (1876-1957) whose art emphasizes clean geometrical lines that balance forms inherent in his materials with the symbolic allusions of representational art. ALS in Romanian, signed "C. Brancusi," four pages on two adjoining sheets, 5 x 7.75, December 3, 1914. Letter to his uncles, Vasile and Petrica. Brancusi describes his new flat in Paris and recalls a disappointing visit to Bucharest where he encountered an old friend who refused to even acknowledge him, although he had once helped him sell a statue. He continues to report on other aspects of his life and how dearly he misses his home country. Intersecting folds (vertical fold passing through the first letter of the signature), uniform toning, and partial separations to adjoining folds, otherwise fine condition. Accompanied by the original mailing envelope, addressed in his own hand, incorporating his full name in the return address area on the flap, "Constantin Brancusi." This letter represents an important time and place in Brancusi's life-after studying at the Bucharest School of Fine Arts, he moved to Paris in 1903 and became involved with the growing community of artists and intellectuals, including a brief period of employment at Auguste Rodin's workshop. By the time of this letter, Brancusi had refined his revolutionary style and his work had garnered international acclaim-thanks, in part, to his inclusion in the famous 1913 Armory Show, the first modern art exhibition in the United States. A rare and lengthy letter by this immensely influential modern sculptor.
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Friday, 23rd October 2015
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