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Constantin Brancusi, Bird in Space, 1927, brass, cast stone, and wood, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Given in loving memory of her husband, Taft Schreiber, by Rita Screiber

Bird in Space, Brancusi (ASL)

While this sculpture might seem abstract, Brancusi insisted that his works revealed the inner essence of his subjects. Brancusi did not have a large workshop or use plaster or clay models; rather, he worked alone with the materials, in this case carving stone and polishing brass.