Bird in Space

Bird in Space
Artist:
Constantin Brancusi (Romanian, 1876-1957)
Date:
1931
Medium:
Polished bronze 
Dimensions:
73 in. (185.4 cm) 
Credit Line:
The Norton Simon Foundation 
Accession Number:
F.1972.08.S 
Copyright:
© 2014 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris Reproduction, including downloading of ARS works is prohibited by copyright laws and international conventions without the express written permission of Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York 
On View
Description

Brancusi produced his first Bird in Space—a sleek abstraction of flight—in 1923. He went on to create fifteen variations on the theme, working in both bronze and marble. This version, cast in 1931, was acquired by Yashwant Rao Holkar II—the young Maharaja of Indore—for his Art Deco palace. During his visit to Brancusi’s studio in 1933, the Maharaja also reserved two other Birds in Space (in black marble and white, today at the National Gallery of Australia). When Brancusi shipped these to India three years later, he enclosed a note explaining, “My birds are a series of different objects based on a central theme that remains the same throughout. The ideal of its realization is to be an amplification that fills the whole vault of heaven.”

Provenance:

The artist, Paris, sold at least by April 1933, through;
[Henri-Pierre Roché, Paris, to];
Maharajah Yeshwant Rao Holkar Bahadur (1908-1961), Indore, given 1943 as part of divorce settlement to;
Peg Branyan, Dallas, by inheritance to;
Richard Holkar, Dallas, and Maharani Usha Devi, to;
[Richard L. Feigen and Co., New York, sold 1972 to];
The Norton Simon Foundation.

Image reproduction permission may be granted for scholarly or arts related commercial use. All image requests, regardless of their intended purpose, should be submitted via email. Requests can also be made by fax or mail.

Images may be protected by copyright and other intellectual property rights. Additional permission may be required.

Approved requests for the reproduction of an image will receive a contract detailing all fees and conditions of use of the image. Upon receipt of both the signed contract and full payment, the Office of Rights and Reproductions will provide the image. A complimentary copy of the published material must be provided to the Norton Simon Museum.

Please download the Application for Reproduction Permission form and submit it to the Office of Rights and Reproductions.

E-mail: [email protected]
Telephone: (626) 449-6840 x 3300
Fax: (626) 796-4978
   

Additional Artwork by Artist