Illustration by Maria Manhattan
Constantin Brancusi was born in Pestisani, a village in Southern Romania, on February 19, 1876. He studied at the Craiova School of ArtsCrafts, the Bucharest School of Fine Arts and the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris. He met Auguste Rodin at the Salon d’Automne, an exhibition of the works of young artists held every fall in Paris since 1903. Brancusi’s sculptures, which emphasize essential shapes and eliminate unnecessary details, show the influence of African and pre-historic art.