Henri Gaudier-Brzeska 1891–1915
T00850 Wrestler 1913
Ink on paper, 15¿ x 9¿ (38.5 x 25).
Presented by the Kettle’s Yard Collection, Cambridge 1966.
The wrestler’s stance is almost indistinguishable from that in the drawing reproduced in Brodzky, Drawings (op. cit. pl. 17) and Levy (op. cit., pl. 24). In a letter to Sophie Brzeska, dated December 1912 by Ede in his Life (op. cit., p. 150), Gaudier wrote: ‘Last night I went to see the wrestlers—God! I have seldom seen anything so lovely–two athletic types, large shoulders, taut, big necks like bulls, small in the build with firm thighs and slenderankles, feet sensitive as hands, and not tall... I stayed and drew for two hours.’ See also T00837.
Published in The Tate Gallery Report 1966–1967, London 1967.