Henri Gaudier-Brzeska The Imp c.1914

Artwork details

Artist
Title
The Imp
Date c.1914
Medium Alabaster
Dimensions Object: 406 x 89 x 83 mm
Permanently attached to MDF(paintable) plinth base 15x210x255 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by C. Frank Stoop through the Contemporary Art Society 1930
Reference
N04516
Not on display

Display caption

Gaudier-Brzeska much admired the non-European sculptures that he saw at the British Museum. The Imp echoes the proportions and features of such sculptures. The overtly phallic form reflects the commonly held view of the day that equated so-called ‘primitive’ cultures with energising sexuality.

August 2004

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