Henri Gaudier-Brzeska


1914, cast c.1965

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Not on display
Henri Gaudier-Brzeska 1891–1915
Object: 63 x 121 x 35 mm
Presented by Kettle's Yard Collection Cambridge 1966

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This is one of twelve bronze casts made from the original marble sculpture, which is in the collection of Kettle's Yard, Cambridge. In this small work Gaudier has reduced the anatomy of the bird to simple geometric shapes. The head seems to resemble a hammer, the body and tail a flint tool or arrowhead. By August 1914 Gaudier had gone to fight in the French army and was killed on 5 June 1915.

Gallery label, August 2004

Catalogue entry

Henri Gaudier-Brzeska 1891–1915

T00842 Duck 1914

Not inscribed.
Bronze, 2½ x 4¾ x 1¿ (6.5 x 12 x 4).
Presented by the Kettle’s Yard Collection, Cambridge 1966.

No. 4 in an edition of twelve casts made by H. S. Ede from the original marble in the Kettle’s Yard Collection. No specific reference to a duck sculpture appears in Gaudier’s or Ede’s lists. Being small in dimensions and flat on one side, it has sometimes been confused with the ‘Paperweight’ (alabaster, 1914), but Ede believes these to be two distinct works.

Published in The Tate Gallery Report 1966–1967, London 1967.

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