Brancusi to Bourgeois: The Evolution of the Human Figure in 7 Twentieth-Century Sculptures

Though technologies and fashions may develop over the years, the human body is supposed to remain constant, a basic form we can all more or less agree on. In the tumult of the 20th century, however, the human figure became the site of immense change as artists struggled to represent our fragile bodies in a time of unprecedented advancements and horrors. These seven sculptures from the past century, each excerpted from Phaidon’s The Art Book, show just a few of the ways artists reimagined what the human figure could be.


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