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Brancusi The kiss

The Kiss (Brâncuși sculpture)

The Kiss (in Romanian: Sărutul /səruːtul/) is a sculpture by Romanian Modernist sculptor Constantin Brâncuși. It is an early example of his proto-cubist style of non-literal representation.  This early plaster sculpture is one of six casts that Brancusi made of the 1907–08 The Kiss. Versions

The original stone carving is in the Muzeul de Arta at Craiova, Romania. Brâncuși created many versions of The Kiss, further simplifying geometric forms and sparse objects in each version, tending each time further toward abstraction.[3] His abstract style emphasizes simple geometrical lines that balance forms inherent in his materials with the symbolic allusions of representational art. Here, the shape of the original block of material is maintained. Another version of The Kiss serves as an  adornment of a tomb in Montparnasse cemetery in ParisFrance but has since August 2017 been covered up in a box. Another version still can be seen at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Paul Gauguin

The Moon and the Earth is Paul Gaugin’s interpretation of an ancient Polynesian myth. inspired by the book of Tahitian legend Noah-Noah, which tells about the conversation of two deities – Hina and Tefatou. Hina, the goddess of the moon, asked the god of the Earth to resurrect people after their death, to which Tefatou responded with a resolute refusal – “The man will die, the vegetation will die, as well as those who feed on it. The earth will die… Life will end, never again not reborn. ” Then Hina answered that the god of the Earth can do as he pleases, it will also resurrect the Moon.

Hina in Polynesian mythsMartha Beckwith sacred texts

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