Writing about this work, Margit Rowell commented: ‘The treatment of the face and hair shows Brancusi’s direct and vigorous modeling. The flattened surface of the right cheek and cutaway right lower jaw allow the piece to be placed either horizontally or slightly inclined, resting on the cutout portion. Brancusi photographed it in both positions in his studio’ (M. Rowell in Constantin Brancusi (exhibition catalogue), Musée National d’Art Moderne, Paris & Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, 1995, p. 82).
Sidney Geist, who inspected the present cast in 1977, commented in a letter: ‘Perhaps we have overlooked the importance of Sleeping Child – it is, after all, such a small, pretty, fragmentary thing… At one level we may imagine that he is demonstrating that he can be as rough with an image as Rodin. But we may be sure that despite all his mutilations, this hastily modelled head creates a fragile vision of infancy at its most defenceless’.
The original painted plaster model of this work is in the Musée National d’Art Moderne in Paris and another bronze cast is in The Detroit Institute of Arts.
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