Torso of a Young Man I (1917) by Constantin Brancusi

Torso of a Young Man I - Constantin Brancusi - 1917

Artwork Information

TitleTorso of a Young Man I
ArtistConstantin Brancusi
Dimensions46.3 x 31 x 17.1 cm
Art MovementExpressionism
Current LocationCleveland Museum of Art

About Torso of a Young Man I

The artwork titled “Torso of a Young Man I” by Constantin Brancusi was created in the year 1917. Brancusi, a pivotal figure in the world of modern sculpture, crafted this piece using bronze as his medium. This work, which exemplifies the Expressionist movement, measures 46.3 cm in height, 31 cm in width, and 17.1 cm in depth. As a sculpture, it speaks to the artist’s dedication to rendering the essence of his subjects through pared-down forms. The “Torso of a Young Man I” can be viewed by the public at its current location in the Cleveland Museum of Art.

The artwork presents an abstraction of the human form, concentrating on the torso without the inclusion of limbs or a head, effectively conveying the power and energy of youth. Brancusi’s interpretation purposefully distills the figure to its most basic organic shapes, resulting in a highly stylized representation that omits detailed anatomical features. Instead, the work is characterized by smooth, clean lines and a polished surface that enhances the material’s natural luster. It sits atop a substantial base, which may be made of a different material, contrasting with the sleek verticality of the torso itself. The sculpture captures the essence of Brancusi’s approach to modernism, where form and space are intertwined to articulate an underlying vitality innate within the subject.

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