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'Fallen Workman' is believed to be a fragment of the original figure which had arms and depicted a man raising himself from the ground. The clay figure was cast, first in plaster and then in bronze. Gaudier-Brzeska's treatment of the subject, particularly in the modelling, is reminiscent of Rodin. In a letter to Sophie Brzeska of 1912 the artist acclaims Rodin's 'St John the Baptist' 1878: 'a beggar who walks along, who speaks and gesticulates - he belongs to my own time, is in my epoch, he has a twentieth century workman's body just as I see it and know it.'

August 2004