THE HAKONE OPEN-AIR MUSEUM

Permanent Exhibits

Constantin Brâncuși

Constantin Brâncuși (Romania and France, 1876–1957)

The Kiss, 1908

Plaster, 27×25×16cm

Brâncuși was born on a farm in a small village in the Oltenia region of Romania. After studying at Craiova School of Arts and Crafts and in the sculpture department at the Bucharest School of Fine Arts, he moved to Paris in 1904. The first version of The Kiss was a memorable piece with which the artist broke away from realism to develop his own style as he freed the sculpture from being on a pedestal. The image of a man and woman in embrace has been reduced to a simple shape of a cube. It gets right to the core essence of what love is, which is two entities being one.