September 24, 2017

Atelier Brancusi: Visit the Studio of a Master of Modern Sculpture for Free

The Atelier Brancusi in Paris provides a behind-the-scenes look at the studio of celebrated sculpture Constanin Brancusi. 

Atelier BrancusiIn his later years, Constanin Brancusi considered his studio to be a piece of art in its own right. When placing sculptures in his studio, he would carefully consider the relationship between the pieces and the space they occupied. The year before he died, an article in Life Magazine included the following description of the sculptor: “Wearing white pajamas and a yellow gnome-like cap, Brâncuși today hobbles about his studio tenderly caring for and communing with the silent host of fish birds, heads, and endless columns which he created.”

The Atelier Brancusi

Constanin Brancusi was one of the most influential sculptors of the 20th century and one of the patriarchs of modern sculpture. Brancusi was born in Romania, but spent much of his life in France and worked from his studio in the 15th arrondissement in Paris. Upon his death, he left his studio to the French state.

There’s something mysterious about the artist’s studio. It provides a rare insight into the life of an artist that is hard to reproduce in a typical museum. Today, visitors can get a glimpse of how celebrated artist Constanin Brancusi worked from his studio in Paris.  An exact replica of the studio was rebuilt just in front of the Centre Pompidou in 1997. The reconstructed studio  features 137 sculptures and more than 40 drawings.

The Atelier Brancusi is free to visit everyday except Tuesday and May 1st from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. The small studio does not take long to visit, so it is best to see if you already plan on visiting the Centre Pompidou or any of the other popular tourist sites in the area.

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