Henri Gaudier-Brzeska

Mermaid

1913, cast c.1965–6

Artist
Henri Gaudier-Brzeska 1891–1915
Medium
Bronze
Dimensions
Object: 114 x 273 x 197 mm, 6.1 kg
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by Kettle's Yard Collection Cambridge 1966
Reference
T00846

Not on display

Display caption

Henri Gaudier-Brzeska wrote to his friend Sophie Brzeska in October 1913 about Jacob Epstein's latest sculptures: 'He is making some extraordinary statues like the Polynesians, absolute copies, with Brancusi-like noses.' This reveals that Gaudier-Brzeska knew of Polynesian sculpture as well as the recent work of Brancusi in Paris, and some influence from both sources can be seen here. However, this sculpture appears to owe its greatest debt to the work of Auguste Rodin, who made a similar figure a few decades earlier.

Gallery label, August 2004

Catalogue entry

Henri Gaudier-Brzeska 1891–1915

T00846 Mermaid 1913

Not inscribed.
Bronze, 4½x 10¾ x 7¾ (11.5 x 27.5 x 19.5)
Presented by the Kettle’s Yard Collection, Cambridge 1966.

No. 5 in an edition of seven casts made by H. S. Ede from the original marble in the Kettle’s Yard Collection. In his Supplementary List of 1930, Ede gave 1914 as the date, but now feels this to be 1913.

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

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