The First Cry is an abstract sculpture created in 1917 by Constantin Brancusi, a Romanian sculptor who made his career in France. It is considered one of Brancusi’s most significant works and a pioneer of modernism. The sculpture has been privately owned and loaned to various galleries and museums globally, making it known worldwide.
Brancusi had shifted towards working mostly with wood when he created The First Cry. The sculpture does not resemble anything “real” and has abstract qualities that make it unique. It is discussed for its innovative style, which captures the essence of motherhood and the birth of a child through abstraction.
Despite being created over a century ago, The First Cry remains highly admired among art enthusiasts globally for its emotional depth and ingenuity. Today, it continues to serve as one of the most influential sculptures of the 20th century due to its representation of motherhood in an era where such concepts were just beginning to be explored in modernist art circles.