The Kiss (1912) by Constantin Brancusi

The Kiss - Constantin Brancusi - 1912

Artwork Information

TitleThe Kiss
ArtistConstantin Brancusi
Dimensions58.4 x 34 x 25.4 cm
Art MovementExpressionism
Current LocationPhiladelphia Museum of Art

About The Kiss

“The Kiss” is a renowned sculpture by Constantin Brancusi, created in 1912. This piece was sculpted using limestone, measuring 58.4 x 34 x 25.4 cm, and is an exemplar of the Expressionism movement. Currently, the artwork is housed at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

The artwork embodies a simplified and almost abstract depiction of a couple embraced in a kiss. Brancusi’s creation is characterized by smooth, undulating contours and the discernible division down the middle, which demarcates the figures while also unifying them. The repetitive patterns of the hair on both figures resonate with the stylized forms prevalent in Expressionism, emphasizing emotional experience over physical reality. The treatment of volume and space in the sculpture is minimalistic, with the merging of the two figures serving to encapsulate the concept of togetherness and intimacy inherent in the act of kissing. Through “The Kiss,” Brancusi explores the themes of love and unity in a style that combines geometric reduction with sensuousness, thus encapsulating a significant facet of early modernist sculpture.

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