Candle holder statue of The Kiss by Constantin Brâncușii; (b. Romania, 1876-1957). One of the most influential sculptors of the twentieth century, Constantin Brâncuși was active mainly in Paris, France throughout his life. He preferred the technique of direct carving in stone - a process newly popular among French sculptors in the early 1900s - and was capable of reducing natural forms to near abstract simplicity. His work in both stone and bronze concentrated on variations of a small number of themes - heads, birds, and his renowned couple embracing, THE KISS.
The Kiss was only the second sculpture that Brancusi carved directly. Previously, he modeled his forms in clay; as he would have done as a student at the Bucharest School of Fine Arts and the Ecoles des Beaux Arts in Paris. Brancusi even briefly assisted the esteemed French sculptor, Auguste Rodin. Declaring, "Nothing can grow under big trees," Brancusi left Rodin's studio after barely two months.