The Gerard Bonnier Collection
Gerard Bonnier (1917-1987), director of the Albert Bonnier publishing house in 1953-1978, bequeathed works from his collection to Moderna Museet in 1989. The collection comprises mainly classical modernism and is conspicuously the result of diligent and knowledgeable efforts. Gerard Bonnier was the chairman of Föreningen för nutida konst (Society of Contemporary Art) in 1948-1951, a forerunner of the Friends of Moderna Museet, which he chaired from 1961 to 1977. Through these two activities, he also promoted many of the acquisitions that have put their stamp on the Moderna Museet collection. In the book Donation Gerard Bonnier (1989), Ulf Linde (1929-2013), art critic and close friend of Gerard Bonnier, describes Bonnier’s collection as: “... a work with its own laws that he [Gerard Bonnier] wanted to explore and yield to.” The collection includes Joan Mirós Head of Catalan Peasant, 1925, Pablo Picassos The Painter from 1930, and Juan Gris Fruit Bowl on Blue Table Cloth from 1916.
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© Constantin Brancusi/Bildupphovsrätt 2018
Country:Romania (64)
On View:Stockholm
Constantin Brancusi
1876 - 1957
Romania Le nouveau-né II, 1919-1921
Den nyfödde II
The Newborn II
White marble
16,5 x 25 x 17,5 cm (6 1/2 x 9 13/16 x 6 7/8 in.)
Purchase 1961 with contribution from The Friends of Moderna Museet, Carina Ari, Gerard Bonnier, Sten Hellner, Charles Nilsson, Hildur Nordin and Ivar Philipson
NMSK 1795 On view at Stockholm
- About the work
Constantin Brancusi is among the most influential regenerators of plastic art in the 1900s. In his quest for the inner essence of things, he reduced form to the limit of total abstraction. The head of an infant was a theme that he worked on intermittently from 1906. His first version of The Newborn (Le nouveau-né I) was made in Paris during the First World War and is now in the Philadelphia Museum of Art in the USA. In comparison, the Moderna Museet version, "The Newborn II", is even more reduced. The traces of a nose have been eliminated, and only the middle furrow on the brow is indicated. The chin has been centred under the radically stylised and large gaping mouth. The egg shape of the head can be interpreted as a metaphor for the mystery of life.
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