Henri Gaudier-Brzeska

Relief Head

c.1913, cast c.1965

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Not on display
Henri Gaudier-Brzeska 1891–1915
Object: 130 x 70 x 25 mm
Presented by Kettle's Yard Collection Cambridge 1966

Catalogue entry

Henri Gaudier-Brzeska 1891–1915

T00844 Relief Head c.1913

Inscribed on back, ‘Z M V P K’
Bronze, 5¿ x 2¾ x 11/16 (13 x 7 x 2.75)
Presented by the Kettle’s Yard Collection, Cambridge 1966.

No. 2 in an edition of nine casts made by H. S. Ede from the original marble in the Kettle’s Yard Collection. This work is neither dated, nor listed by Gaudier, Pound or Ede. The straight nose and clearly defined moustaches recall, however, the ‘Head of Christ’ carving listed by Gaudier as 1913 and reproduced by Pound(op. cit., Plate XIV). The present acquisition strongly suggests that Gaudier had in mind a god or prophet figure.

The inscriptions on the back may refer to Katherine Mansfield and Middleton Murry, whose close friendship with Gaudier and Sophie Brzeska changed to estrangement with great suddenness in 1912, Gaudier and Sophie destroying with stones his plaster head of Middleton Murry. A possible interpretation of the letters inscribed is ‘Zosik, Pipik, (?versus ?)Murry (?Middleton ?), Katherine’ (Zosik and Pipik being among the names by which Gaudier and Sophie Brzeska called each other).

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

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