|The Endless Column / Coloana Infinitului|
Constantin Brancusi , one of he greatest 20-th century sculptor was born on the 19th of February 1876, in the village of Hobita, in Gorj, near Targu Jiu, Romania. He graduated the School of Arts and Crafts from Craiova, the School of Belle Arte in Bucharest and then he was accepted at Ecole Nationale des Beaux-Arts from Paris. Since 1910, he starts working at the cycle of the Birds and also at the cycle Miss Pogany, and in 1914, he had his first personal exhibition in New York. For 20 years (1919-1939), he had plenty of personal exhibitions, and he was granted with many medals at different contests/ group exhibitions. He died on the 16th of March 1957, at Paris. He carved in wood, limestone and marble or molded in steel and bronze- sometimes in a single work, mounted one piece of art in top to another, considering “the base” as an integral part of his artwork.
His simple and subtle works are housed in the New York Museum of Modern Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art and in Bucharest in the National Museum of Art of Romania, as well as in other major museums around the world. His art is linked with the simplicity of the Romanian folks, the forms from nature and were influenced also by Rodin and the Impressionists, and by African and prehistoric sculptures.
" Simplicity is not an objective in art, but one achieves simplicity despite one's self by entering into the real sense of things." Constantin Brancusi
The Târgu Jiu Sculptural Ensemble enlisted in the European heritage after 1989 (alongside with Romanian Athaneum, the Fortress of Histria and the Cantacuzino Palace), was inaugurated on October 27th, 1938, in Targu Jiu, Gorj county and was made at the initiative of Aretia Tatarescu, president of National League of the Women of Gorj. The three sculptural components are disposed on an axis 1,275 meters long, in the Central Park from Targu Jiu:
|The Table of Silence / Masa Tacerii|
|The Gate of the Kiss / Poarta Sarutului|
|The Endless Column / Coloana fara Sfarsit / Coloana Infinitului|
"I do not aspire to be in fashion. For what is in fashion, goes out of fashion…
If, on the contrary, your work is contested today, it doesn’t matter.
For when it is finally understood, it will be for eternity." Constantin Brancusi