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23 April 10:01:03
On the wish list: Constantin Brancusi (1867-1957), La muse endormie. Original marble version carved in 1909-1910; this bronze version cast by 1913. Signed ‘Brancusi’ (on the back of the neck). Patinated bronze with gold leaf, 26.7 cm. Estimate: $20-30 million. This lot will be offered in the Christies NY Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale on 15 May 2017. This bronze was taken from the original intermediate plaster, patinated with shellac and kept by the artist in his studio. The imperfections in the casting plaster can be seen in the bronze itself, partly patinated, polished and gilded with gold leaf, a practice Brancusi used from his first casts in polished bronze. One of Brancusi’s mantras was, ‘Create like a god, command like a king, work like a slave’. Friends recalled the sculptor’s long, meditative sessions of polishing over the course of weeks and even months, as he worked to perfect his desired effects. ‘An artist should always do his own chores,’ he insisted. ‘A sculptor’s toil is slow and solitary.’ In La muse endormie, the form of a sleeping woman’s head has been distilled into an almost perfect oval, the purity of outline marked only by subtle, attenuated allusions to the physical features of the model. #picoftheday
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