Constantin Brancusi

Analysis of Masterpiece

        This sculpture, entitled Mademoiselle Pogany, best represents Brancusi's work as his masterpiece. Made in 1913 out of marble, the nearly abstract, representational depiction of a woman shows Brancusi's unique artistic ways. The simple, rounded, elegance of this sculpture is a central aspect to his style. 
        Brancusi saw reality in three basic shapes, an egg, a smooth pebble, and a blade of grass. (Strickland) Although the overall composition of this sculpture seems to represent a seashell, all three elements are incorporated. Specific examples of eggs and pebbles include the eyes and head of this sculpture, rounded and oval shaped, and unnaturally smooth. The blades of grass are evident in the area around the eyes, like a border for emphasis. The shape of the eye's border is like that of a blade of grass, and the tendrils of hair, too, seem to imply the slowly sloping upward form of grass or other plant life. 
        The overall composition of this work is that of a seashell, and judging from Brancusi's usual methods, he thought this woman, Miss Pogany, was like a seashell. As such, this piece represents Brancusi perfectly, showing less of the actual and more of the concept.