Henri Gaudier-Brzeska Standing Female Nude, Arms Outstretched 1913

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Standing Female Nude, Arms Outstretched
Date 1913
Medium Charcoal on paper
Dimensions Support: 381 x 248 mm
Acquisition Presented by Kettle's Yard Collection Cambridge 1966
Not on display

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This work differs from Gaudier's other drawings in its use of hatched shading
to define three-dimensional form. This
is confined to particular areas which
define the body as a series of flat planes rather than rounded forms. This may
reflect Gaudier's interest in Cubism.
It is also similar to the technique of the Vorticist painter, Wyndham Lewis.


Gaudier saw sculpture in terms
of a rhythmic inter-relationship
of planes. 'Planes are the essence
of artistic sensation', he wrote, 'and
line only serves as their frame'.


September 2004

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