La Pensée Volante by Agustin Cárdenas

  • This conceptual bronze sculpture was composed by the great Cuban artist Agustin Cárdenas
  • Entitled La Pensée Volante, the bronze is Cárdenas' representation of a flying thought
  • The bold aesthetic pays homage to the famed abstract sculptor Constantin Brâncuși
  • Today, Cárdenas is regarded among the most important Cuban artists of the modern era
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Item No. 31-0367

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Agustin Cárdenas
1927-2001 | Cuban

La Pensée Volante
(The Flying Thought)


Numbered 1/8 (on base)
Bronze with black patina on marble base

This striking conceptualization of "a flying thought" was composed by the famed Cuban-born artist Agustin Cárdenas. Entitled La Pensée Volante (The Flying Thought), the bronze exemplifies the bold modernity of this artist, whose seminal works are a highlight of late-20th-century Latin American art. Cárdenas found inspiration in both African aesthetics and the surrealist abstraction of European modernism, and both of these influences can clearly be seen in the present work. Its poetic, minimalist form strikes the perfect balance between abstraction and figuration.

A founding member of the highly influential group of artists known as Los Once (The Eleven), Cárdenas was one of the earliest adopters and advocates of abstraction in Cuban art. Early in his career, he discovered the works of Hans Arp, Henry Moore and Constantin Brâncuși, which clearly had a profound impact on the young artist. He eagerly adopted a similar sparseness of figure, creating his own unique version of the modernist, avant-garde style. He moved to Paris in 1955, quickly befriending the Surrealist André Breton, whom he exhibited alongside the following year. Yet, though his sculptures reveal the influence of the Surrealists, his complex output defies a finite categorization.

Born in 1927 in Matanzas, Cuba, Cárdenas studied at the Academia de San Alejandro in Havana. However, he quickly moved beyond the classical tropes that he learned during his formal education. After his move to Paris, he fully developed his distinctive style that incorporated organic forms and elegant silhouettes in a skillful mixture of abstraction and figuration. Couples and women were among his favorite subjects, and he imbued them with a symbolism that allowed him to explore their many facets across multiple forms.

Both during his life and after his death, his work has been the subject of a number of exhibitions, including shows at the Cuba Palacio de Bellas Artes (Havana, 1955), the Museum of Fine Arts (Houston, 1959) and the National Museum of Bellas Artes (Havana, 1993). Today, his works can be found in museums around the world, including the Musée d'Art Moderne (Paris), the Museo d'Arte Moderna (Rome), the Pompidou Centre (Paris) and the Modern Art Museum (Tel Aviv).

This bronze is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from Patrice Trigano.

Circa 1982

9 1/8" wide x 5 1/8" deep x 17 3/4" high
La Pensée Volante by Agustin Cárdenas
Period: 1919-Present
Origin: America
Type: Sculpture
Depth: 5.13 Inches
Width: 9.13 Inches
Height: 17.75 Inches
Style: Modernism

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