Constantin Brancusi Day

Constantin Brancusi Day is an observance holiday that’s observed on February 19th in Romania and celebrates the life of a Romanian sculptor, photographer, and painter who is considered a major influence on modernism art. His art emphasized clean geometrical lines and these were carefully balanced with the symbolic allusions often found in representational art.

Many of his influences emerge from Romanian folk art that can be traced from both the Dionysian and Byzantine traditions. Although this day isn’t a public holiday, people who love art will often take the time to appreciate his work by attending exhibitions or museums.

A Brief Biography Of Constantin Brancusi

Constantin Brancusi was born on February 19, 1876, in Hobitza, Romania. At an early age, he showed artistic ability as he would often engage in folk crafts such as woodcarving, while he was helping his peasant parents with tending their flock of sheep.

He would end up leaving the home at the age of 9 due to the constant bullying of his father and brother, however, and would end up working in the nearest large town.

Brancusi would work a variety of jobs and at one of those jobs, he would handcraft a violin using materials that were found around the workplace. This impressed an industrialist who would then enroll Brancusi in the Craiova School of Arts and Crafts. It’s at this school that Brancusi would pursue his love for woodworking.

In 1898, he would graduate the school with honors. He would then enroll in the Bucharest School of Fine Arts and would study sculpture. Over the course of his life, Brancusi would create over 1,200 photographs and 215 sculptures and leave an artistic legacy that’s unmatched to this day.

Observing Constantin Brancusi Day

On this day, people all over Romania, and all over the world, visit museums and art exhibits to see the work of this incredible artist. Some people who can’t travel to a museum or exhibit will check out his work in collections found in the Museum of Modern Art, The Guggenheim, The Met Museum, or other places that exhibit his work.

Where is it celebrated?
Romania (Observance)
When is it?
This year (2023)
February 19 Sunday
Next year (2024)
February 19 Monday
Last year (2022)
February 19 Saturday