Sleeping Muse

Sleeping Muse, 1910, Brancusi, The Met, NYC
Sleeping Muse, 1910, Brancusi, The Met, NYC

Here, the languor of the ovoid shape responding to gravity suggests the heaviness of sleep. The sleeping head, one of Brancusi's first thematic cycles, occupied the artist for almost twenty years. This bronze is one of four cast in 1910 from a marble of the previous year for which Baroness Renée Irana Franchon was the model.

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