If you have been to Tate Britain’s show The Vorticists: A Manifesto for a Modern World you will have seen several great works by Henri Gaudier-Brzeska. Tate also has in its collection two fascinating sketches by Gaudier-Brzeska’s contemporary Horace Brodzky of the artist’s London studio that was located underneath a noisy railway arch in Putney.
Gaudier-Brzeszka made a bronze bust portrait of Brodzky which is also in Tate’s collection. The arches are still there but the studio is long gone.
Chris Stephens is co-curator of The Vorticists: Manifesto for a Modern World and Curator (Modern British Art) and Head of Displays at Tate Britain.