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Henri Gaudier (who added Sophie Brzeska’s name to his own) carved Seated Woman on the eve of the First World War, though this bronze version was cast long after his death in the trenches. It shows his commitment to a dynamic modernism that made him a key figure in Vorticism in London. The reinvention and simplification of form reflect Gaudier’s view of the modern sculptor: ‘what he feels, he does so intensely, and his work is nothing more nor less than the abstraction of this intense feeling.’

March 2007