Ben Uri collection

Work by Henri Gaudier-Brzeska

Sculptor and draughtsman Henri Gaudier was born in Saint-Jean-de Braye, near Orléans in France in 1891. At the age of fourteen he made his first visit to England, studying in Bristol on a fellowship. Afterwards, he moved to Germany and then Paris, where he began to sculpt. In 1911 he returned to London accompanied by the Polish writer Sophie Brzeska, who was twenty years his senior, adding her surname to his. By 1913 Gaudier-Brzeska was part of a progressive circle which included T E Hulme, Ezra Pound and Jacob Epstein, becoming a founder member of The London Group, as well as a member of the Vorticists and publishing work in their journal "Blast". He also had a close friendship with artists Horace Brodzky and Alfred Wolmark, both of whom he sculpted. His sculptures, predominantly of the human head, figures and animals, closely based on observations from nature, increasingly became radically simplified and geometrical. In 1915 he volunteered for the army, sending Edward Wadsworth drawings from the trenches for inclusion in the London Group exhibition. He died in action the same year in Neuville-Saint-Vaast, at the age of 24.

1 work/s by this artist from the collection are shown below. For a more detailed record and image please click on the link.

Sculptural Head of Brodzky

Object type drawing

Accession number 2018-07