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Alongside his avant-garde work, Gaudier also made more traditional and classical sculptures. The white marble and rounded forms of this torso link it to the classical tradition. The piece also demonstrates
the artist''s skill at carving at an early age.

 

Like the bronze Dancer, shown to the
right it was modelled on the painter Nina Hamnett, who was a friend of Gaudier.
Her autobiography was entitled The Laughing Torso.

 

August 2004