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14th May 2024

Brancusi, Pompidou Centre, Paris review – a sculptor’s spiritual quest for form and essence

After a brief period working in Rodin’s studio, Brancusi struck out on his own. He steadily discarded Rodin’s drama and detailed surfaces, instead seeking a refined simplicity that expressed “the essence of things”. His animals, for example, capture not just images of idealised nature but also the dynamism of movement. The results included not just objects of utter beauty but foundational ideas about modernist art. In a Paris packed with Olympic visitors, this show will surely be box office gold. Images are here.