Prometheus

1911

Constantin Brancusi, French, b. Hobitza, Romania, 1876–1957

Bronze, 5 3/8 x 6 3/4 x 5 3/8 in. (13.5 x 17.2 x 13.7 cm)

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn, 1966

Accession Number: 66.612

Provenance:
The artist, Paris
Tarsila de Amaral, Sao Paulo, Brazil, 1926
Galerie Europe, Paris, to 7 December 1961
Joseph H. Hirshhorn, New York, 7 December 1961-17 May 1966
Gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn, 1966

Exhibition History:
SOCIEDADE DE ARTES, LETRAS E CIENCIAS, Sao Paulo. "Pro Arte," April-May 1933.
GALERIE EUROPE, Paris. "Klee, Kandinsky, Brancusi," February-March 1961, no. 1.
SVENSK-FRANSKA KONSTGALLERIET, Stockholm. "Fautrier-Brancusi," September 1961, no. 28, ill.
SOLOMON R. GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM, New York. "Constantin Brancusi 1876-1957: A Retrospective Exhibition," 21 November 1969-15 February 1970, p. 48, ill.
HAYWARD GALLERY, London. (The Arts Council of Great Britain, organizers). "Pioneers of Modern Sculpture," 20 July-23 September 1973.
HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. "Inaugural Exhibition," 4 October 1974-15 September 1975, ill. 199, p. 153, p. 669.
ROYAL ACADEMY OF ARTS, London. "Paris: Capital of the Arts, 1900-1968," 26 January-19 April 2002. TOUR: GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM BILBAO, Spain, 21 May-3 September 2002.
MUSEO THYSSEN-BORNEMISZA, Madrid. "Modigliani and His Times," 5 February-18 May 2008, no. 34, ill. p. 80.
MITCHELL-INNESS & NASH, Madison Avenue Gallery, New York. "Constantin Brancusi and Jean Arp," March-April 2011.

Published References:
GELDZAHLER, HENRY. "Taste for Modern Sculpture: The Hirshhorn Collection," Art News 5 (October 1962), p. 30.
JIANOU, IONEL. Brancusi (New York: Tudor, 1963), pp. 40-41, 96.
GEIST, SIDNEY. Brancusi, A Study of the Sculpture (New York: Grossman, 1968), no. 63a, p. 38-39, 218, ill.
SPEAR, ATHENA TACHA. Brancusi's Birds (New York: New York University, 1969), pp. 130-131.
TUCKER, WILLIAM. "Four Sculptors Part 1: Brancusi," Studio International 179 (April 1970), p. 159, no. 7, ill.
LERNER, ABRAM, et al. The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1974), p. 153, no. 199, ill. p. 669.
GEIST, SIDNEY. Brancusi (New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1975), no. 79b, p. 178.
KRAUSS, ROSALIND E. Passages in Modern Sculpture (New York: Viking, 1977), no. 69, ill. p. 93.
HYAMS, BARRY. Hirshhorn: Medici from Brooklyn (New York: E.P. Dutton, 1979), p. 17.
RADU, VARIA. Brancusi (New York: Rizzoli, 1986), p. 148, ill.
BACH, FRIEDRICH TEJA. Constantin Brancusi: Metamorphosen Plastischer Form (Cologne: Dumont Buchverlag, 1987), p. 433-434, no. 105, ill.
CHRISTIE'S. "Constantin Brancusi," sale catalogue (New York: Christie's, 13 May 1999), p. 84, in the essay of lot. 488.

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Collection, European Modernism (Early 20th century)