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HomeContents > People > Photographers > Constantin Brancusi

Dates:  1876, 21 February - 1957, 16 March
Born:  Romania, Gorj, Hobitza
Active:  France
 
  
Romanian-born sculptor who moved to Paris in 1904 and did most of his major work in France. He used photography to document his sculptures gaining the advice of Man Ray. As a member of the Parisian avant-garde with his sculptures inspired by non-Western and primitive art and this connected them with Surrealist trends in photography that explored similar issues. Alfred Stieglitz exhibited the sculptures of Brancusi at Photo-Secession gallery in New York in 1914.

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Getty Research, Los Angeles, USA has an ULAN (Union List of Artists Names Online) entry for this photographer. This is useful for checking names and they frequently provide a brief biography. Go to website
Grove Art Online (www.groveart.com) has a biography of this artist. 
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The Cleveland Museum of Art, USA has a biography on this photographer. [Scroll down the page on this website as the biography may not be immediately visible.]Show on this siteGo to website
 

Printed biographies

The following books are useful starting points to obtain brief biographies but they are not substitutes for the monographs on individual photographers.

 
• Auer, Michele & Michel 1985 Encyclopedie Internationale Des Photographes de 1839 a Nos Jours / Photographers Encylopaedia International 1839 to the present (Hermance, Editions Camera Obscura) 2 volumes [A classic reference work for biographical information on photographers.] 
  
• Lenman, Robin (ed.) 2005 The Oxford Companion to the Photograph (Oxford: Oxford University Press)  [Includes a short biography on Constantin Brancusi.] 
  
 

Useful printed stuff

If there is an analysis of a single photograph or a useful self portrait I will highlight it here.

 
• Naef, Weston 1995 The J. Paul Getty Museum - Handbook of the Photographic Collection (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum) p.145 
  
 
  
 
  
 
  
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