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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.

August 2004