Henri Gaudier-Brzeska

French, 1881-1915. Self-taught French sculptor Henri Gaudier-Brzeska was a prominent figure in the avant-garde art movement in London. During his lifetime, Gaudier-Brzeska was influenced by many people. The first being Bohemian artist Jacob Epstein, whom he met on coming to London. Epstein’s influence led Gaudier-Brzeska to experiment with abstraction, although his early works were based on the figurative sculpture of Auguste Rodin. Gaudier-Brzeska’s influences can be seen in his famous work “Red Stone Dancer” (1913), an abstract figure that also shows some emotionalism. He was the founding member of The London Group, the group that challenged the dominance of the Royal Academy of Arts. Henri Gaudier-Brzeska was killed in action in World War I and although Gaudier-Brzeska’s career lasted only for four years, his works have a great influence on modern British sculptors.

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    Henri Gaudier-Brzeska (1891-1915):Portrait of Ezra Poun...