The First Cry (1917) by Constantin Brancusi

The First Cry - Constantin Brancusi - 1917

Artwork Information

TitleThe First Cry
ArtistConstantin Brancusi
Dimensions17 x 25.8 x 18 cm
Art MovementAbstract Art
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About The First Cry

“The First Cry” is a notable work by artist Constantin Brancusi, created in the year 1917. This sculpture falls within the realm of Abstract Art, a movement Brancusi was significantly associated with. Employing cement as its medium, the artwork measures 17 by 25.8 by 18 centimeters and presently resides in a private collection.

The artwork showcases an abstract form that elicits contemplation on the genesis of life and the primitive force of a newborn’s cry. It is characterized by its minimalist aesthetic, where the sculptor uses reductive forms to symbolize complex themes. The piece consists of a seemingly ovoid shape resting atop a roughly hewn pedestal, which itself rises in an intricate, geometric composition that likely challenges the viewer’s perception of balance and stability.

The surface texture of the sculpture amplifies its abstractness, possibly intending to conjure the raw, primal emotions associated with birth. Brancusi’s work often straddles the line between representational art and pure abstraction, and “The First Cry” exemplifies this approach, inviting the observer to derive personal meaning from the interplay of forms and the emotions they stir. The sculpture’s modest dimensions suggest an intimacy with the viewer, which is often a characteristic of Brancusi’s oeuvre.

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