Henri Gaudier-Brzeska

Abstract Drawing

c.1914

On loan

Royal West of England Academy (Bristol, UK): Gaudier-Brzeska: Disputing the Earth

Artist
Henri Gaudier-Brzeska 1891–1915
Medium
Charcoal on paper
Dimensions
Support: 318 x 479 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by Kettle's Yard Collection Cambridge 1966
Reference
T00851

Display caption

Gaudier-Brzeska was a founder-member of the London-based Vorticists, contributing to their magazine BLAST and, posthumously, to the only Vorticist exhibition, which took place in June 1915. Although untrained as a sculptor, Gaudier produced a number of radical carvings influenced by 'primitive' art, focussing initially on animal and human subjects. This abstract drawing shows a great sinuosity of line that he brought to his draughtsmanship as well as an ability to visualise dynamic form through line.

Gallery label, March 2008

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Catalogue entry

Henri Gaudier-Brzeska 1891–1915

T00851 Abstract Drawing 1914

Not inscribed.
Charcoal on paper, 12½ x 18¿ (31.5 x 48).
Presented by the Kettle’s Yard Collection, Cambridge 1966.

Possibly based on an animal.

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

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