Romanian-born sculptor Constantin Brancusi, encouraged by Rodin, went on to inspire Barbara Hepworth and Carl Andre.
Caryatid II 1914/26,, Wood, Fogg Art Museum, © ADAGP, Paris and DACS London 2004
The early rooms appear to be displaying a collection of carefully guarded ostrich eggs. These are his single heads which in 1908 were ground breaking. This is also the date of the stone Kiss, depicting two figures embracing, shown alongside limestone The Kiss created a decade later.
Sleeping Muse 1909-10, Marble, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, © ADAGP, Paris and DACS London 2004
Later in Life he looked back to the WWI years by producing a war memorial for his home town in Romania. It has three parts, to link earth to heaven, and includes The Gate of the Kiss.
• Constantin Brancusi: The Essence of Things is at Tate Modern until Sunday 23 May; admission £8 (conc £6).