Henri Gaudier-Brzeska Sepulchral Figure 1913

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Artist
Title
Sepulchral Figure
Date 1913
Medium Bath stone
Dimensions Object: 406.4 x 368.8 x 203.2 mm, 24 kg
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Bequeathed by the Earl of Sandwich 1962
Reference
T00542
Not on display

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The title suggests this work might
be a funeral monument; it was originally exhibited with the title Grief. Next
to some of Gaudier's other works
it seems very conventional. Though
based on life-drawings, the pose is one traditionally used for mourning figures.
It might also have been dictated by the shape of the stone. The impoverished Gaudier was reliant on cheap off-cuts
or gifts of material and was even said
to have stolen stone from masons'
yards at night.

September 2004

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