Sleeping Muse

The bronze sculpture Sleeping Muse was created in 1909-1910 by the Romanian sculptor Constantin Brancusi, using Baroness Renée Irana Franchon as a model. In this work, expression seems to dissolve in the purification of form – traits are simplified and accurate, as if resulting from a resolved complexity. Like an egg, the face is closed in on itself: sleeping, it is in intense and silent transformation process. In Brancusi’s work, the search for the essential expression discards the simple imitation of the surface. In this search, what is real is not the exterior form, but the essence of things.