The Cleveland Museum of Art

Collection Online as of June 26, 2017

Male Torso, 1917

brass, without base: 63.8 x 30.4 x 19 cm (25 1/8 x 12 x 7 1/2 in). Hinman B. Hurlbut Collection 3205.1937

Hoping to reveal the "true sense of things," Brancusi mused, "What can sculpture do without?" This sculpture reduces the human form to a timeless, universal essence. The smooth, highly polished brass surface was unusual at a time when most metal sculptures were cast in dull bronze. Not only does the reflective surface unify the parts into one continuous form, but it also dematerializes the sculpture's mass, transforming the figure into a spiritual lightness. Brancusi made three versions of this sculpture: a wood version (Philadelphia Museum of Art) and two in brass (this museum and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden).

signed on bottom: C. Brancusi, Paris, 1917.

CMA (organizer). Cleveland Museum of Art, Oct. 21, 2007- January 13, 2008: "Modern Masters from the Cleveland Museum of Art"

To request more information about this object, study images, or bibliography, contact the Ingalls Library Reference Desk.

Library materials about Constantin Brancusi (77)

Detail Views