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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. 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.

September 2016