HENRI GAUDIER-BRZESKA

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1891 Born Henri-Gaudier near Orleans, France

1906 Came to London on a travelling scholarship for two months

1907 Returned on a second scholarship and remained for two years in Bristol and Cardiff, where he studied English business methods

1909 Yet another award provided a stay in Nuremberg and Munich. He studied German business methods there as well as learning to speak the language

1910 Studied art in Paris in the evenings at the St. Genevieve Library. Decided to devote himself to an artistic career. Health deteriorated through over-work and under-nourishment. Met Sophie Brzeska, Polish, twenty years his senior

1911 Left Paris to live with Sophie Brzeska in London. Added her surname to his own. Had no income but lived on Sophie's savings, studying art in the museums and libraries. Found job working as a translator

1912 Gaudier introduced himself to Haldane Macfall by letter. Began to model portraits and sculpt in clay. Commissioned to sculpt Maria Carmi by Mrs. Leman Hare. Visited Epstein in his studio and decided to begin carving himself. Received several commissions for small sculptures

1913 Moved to new studio on Fulham Road. Gave up job at Wulfsberg to devote himself entirely to his art

1914 Started carving portrait head of Ezra Pound, a recent friend. Actively involved in establishment of Rebel Art Centre and contributed to their magazine, Blast. Elected Chairman of the Allied Artists’ Association. War was declared. Before he left to fight in France Gaudier wrote lists of his sculptures and to whom they belonged. Carved Maternity from the butt of a German rifle and wrote an article for Blast. Promoted to Corporal

1915 Letters from the front discussed art and literature. Sent two abstract drawings home to England from the trenches. Promoted to Sergeant and was training to be a Lieutenant when he was killed in action at the French Front

1919 Sophie moved to Wotton-Under-Edge, Gloucester. Three years later she was confined to Gloucester mental hospital

1918 Memorial Exhibition, Leicester Galleries, London

1925 Entire estate of Gaudier became property of the state. There were 13 oil paintings and pastels, 25 sculptures, 1,630 drawings, the whole valued at £250. Sophie Brzeska died that year having been certified as insane

1927 Three sculptures and 15 drawings were retained for public collections. H.S. Ede decided to purchase the bulk of the estate himself


Selected Exhibitions


1987 29 Drawings by Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, Yale Centre for British Art, USA

1990 Gaudier-Brzeska, Drawings, Gillian Jason Gallery, London

1993 Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, Musée des Beaux Arts, Orleans, France; and Museee d'Art Moderne, Toulouse, France

1992 Works by Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, Princeton Art Musem, USA



Bibliography

1916  Ezra Pound, Gaudier-Brzeska: A memoir, John Lane, London

1930  H.S.Ede, A Life of Gaudier-Brzeska, Heinemann, London


1931  H.S.Ede. Savage Messiah, Heinemann, London

1933  Horace Brodzky, Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, Faber & Faber, London

1946  Horace Brodzky, Gaudier-Brzeska Drawings, Faver & Faber, London

1983 Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, Sculptor, 1891-1915, Kettles Yard Gallery, Cambridge

1978 Roger Cole, Burning to Speak, The Life and Art of Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, Phaidon, Oxford

1992 R. de Gourmont, M. Menier, F. Koslow-Miller, Henri Gaudier-Brzeska par Ezra Pound, Toulouse

1996 Evelyn Silber, (photography David Finn), Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, Life and Art, Thames & Hudson Ltd.


 

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