Henri Gaudier-Brzeska
Figure c.1913–4, ?posthumous cast

Artwork details

Date c.1913–4, ?posthumous cast
Medium Bronze
Dimensions Object: 121 x 51 x 38 mm, 0.4 kg
Acquisition Transferred from the Victoria & Albert Museum 1983
Not on display

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This seated figure is an intimate work, both in its size and its introspective attitude. Gaudier-Brzeska wrote about a life class he had attended: 'I should have liked to have a model who didn't pose at all, but did everything he wanted to, walked, ran, danced, sat, etc.' In this work angular contours and a rythmic arrangement of planes are combined with a stylised treatment of the detailed parts, such as the triangle incised into the oval of the face. These features are characteristic of the artist's Vorticist style. Henry Moore commented: 'Gaudier-Brzeska has given the reassurance that it was possible for figurative and non-figurative elements to co-exist without serious risk.'

August 2004

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