Henri Gaudier-Brzeska

Standing Female Nude, Arms Outstretched

1913

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Artist
Henri Gaudier-Brzeska 1891–1915
Medium
Charcoal on paper
Dimensions
Support: 381 x 248 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by Kettle's Yard Collection Cambridge 1966
Reference
T00849

Not on display

Display caption

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'.

 

Gallery label, September 2004

Catalogue entry

Henri Gaudier-Brzeska 1891–1915

T00849 Standing Female Nude, Arms Outstretched 1913

Inscr.‘H Gaudier Brzeska’ in ink, lower right.
Charcoal on paper, 15 x 9¾ (38 x 24.5).
Presented by the Kettle’s Yard Collection, Cambridge 1966.

Typical of Gaudier’s figure drawings in charcoal in which, by contrast with T00847 and T00848, volume is emphasised by areas of concentrated hatching.

Published in The Tate Gallery Report 1966–1967, London 1967.

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