It is with a slight delay on painting but following an identical intellectual approach that sculpture is experiencing a renewal of its language at the beginning of this century. Freeing themselves from the empire of the master with such a strong personality as Rodin, the artists in research most often practise sculpture and painting, and break with the realistic manner: also Picasso realizes in 1910 an entirely Cubist Woman's Head.
It is also the return to primitive and archaic arts and the discovery of African art, whose incredible synthetism leads Maillol to say that "African sculptors have reduced twenty forms into one". At the same time, Brancusi works alone, standing resolutely at a distance from the realists and cubists, testifying by the regularity of the model and the surface, and the "finish" of his works, his requirement.
In its wake is a young Italian artist who arrived in Paris in 1906, practising direct pruning: Amedeo Modigliani. Brancusi gave him advice around 1909 and encouraged him in the way of this technique in which he saw "the true path to sculpture".
Reproduction in patinated resin
Height: 45 cm.
Width: 14 cm.
Depth: 11 cm.
Weight: 5.2 kg.
Artistic current: XXème
Artist: Amedeo Modigliani (1884-1920).
Museum: National Museum of Modern Art - Centre Pompidou