The second Romanian icon I would like to write about is Constantin Brancusi (February 19, 1876 – March 16, 1957). Born in a small village close to the Carpathians, he spent most of his life in France too. He is considered the patriarch of modern sculpture. His circle of friend would make anyone jealous nowadays: Ezra Pound, Amadeo Modigliani, Pablo Picasso, Man Ray, Marcel Duchamp, Henri Rousseau.
“There hasn’t been any art yet. Art is just beginning.”
“Things are not difficult to make; what is difficult is putting ourselves in the state of mind to make them.”
“Don’t look for obscure formulas or mystery in my work. It is pure joy that I offer you. Look at my sculptures until you see them. Those closest to God have seen them.”
“Simplicity is not an objective in art, but one achieves simplicity despite one’s self by entering into the real sense of things. “