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  • English Conversation Classes: Talking About Artist Constantin Brâncuşi

    Those of you who have used Google this weekend will know that February marks what would have been the 135th birthday of the Franco-Romanian sculptor Constantin Brâncuşi.

    Brâncuşi was one of the leading lights in modernism in the field of sculpture at the start of the 20th century, and makes a great topic for an English conversation class.

    His is a form of abstract art.

    He was inspired by mythology, particularly Roman mythology, as well as folk tales and indigenous art from around the world.

    Talking About Art

    When we talk about art and our views of it, there are a number of ways of expressing ourselves: We can say

    I think…

    I would say…

    In my opinion…

    I believe…

    I feel…

    I would interpret this as….

    I’m sure……

    I’m certain…

    If I’m not mistaken….

    I assume…

    As far as I can tell…

    As far as I can see…

    Discussing Brâncuşi

    1. How would you interpret this sculpture by Brâncuşi?

    Sleeping Muse, 1910.

    2. What do you think of this work?

    The Kiss, 1908.

    What is your opinion of this column?

    The Endless Column, 1938.

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