Henri Gaudier-Brzeska Singer 1913

Artwork details

Artist
Title
Singer
Date 1913
Medium Derby stone
Dimensions Object: 851 x 216 x 159 mm
Permanently attached to MDF plinth base 25 x292 x 310mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by C. Frank Stoop through the Contemporary Art Society 1930
Reference
N04514
On display at Tate Britain
Room: 1910

Display caption

This was one of Gaudier-Brzeska's largest sculptures to date, and was probably carved as a garden ornament. A letter from the sculptor written in September 1913 states that he was to meet Joseph Duveen, the dealer and art collector, in order to discuss making some garden ornaments for him. The subject of a singer was quite a rare one in sculpture, although earlier in the year Gaudier-Brzeska had made the figure of a naked dancer. With her right hand the singer grabs her pigtail. Stylised pigtails were popular at this time in the stone carvings of Eric Gill and Jacob Epstein, both colleagues of the artist.

August 2004

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