Constantin Brancusi, decided to decline the offer of sculptor Auguste Rodin to work in his studio, with the famous words: Rien ne pousse à l’ombre des grands arbres
March 27, 1907
In 1903, Brâncuși traveled to Munich, and from there to Paris. In Paris, he was welcomed by the community of artists and intellectuals brimming with new ideas. He worked for two years in the workshop of Antonin Mercié of the École des Beaux-Arts, and was invited to enter the workshop of Auguste Rodin. Even though he admired the eminent Rodin he left the Rodin studio after only two months, saying, „Rien ne pousse à l’ombre des grands arbres” (Nothing can grow under big trees).
At that time, Brancusi gave up traditional modeling, working directly in stone.
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