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Dog, 1914 (posthumous cast, 1965)

Gaudier’s marble “Dog” dates to mid-1914 and was one of his last works. Gaudier compresses the mass of the animal into two main areas of form, the head and the body, in a manner which relates closely to his other works. The carving relates to an early satirical drawing Woman and dog. It humorously undermines the odd appearance of the dog, thought to be a daschund.

The original marble “Dog” was accidentally broken at Kettle’s Yard and in 1965 Jim Ede commissioned twelve bronze casts from the Fiorini & Carney Foundry in London. The original aluminium cast is now at the National Museum and Gallery of Wales, Cardiff and the others entered various collections around the world including The Tate Gallery, London.

“It might be thought simple to make a sculpture like “Dog” by H. Gaudier-Brzeska, but so far as I know no one had done so in the whole world of sculpture, nor is it like any other sculptor’s work. It is essentially sculpture and at the same time is deeply realistic. I have known a child take it to bed instead of his “Teddy Bear’. (Jim Ede 1984 A Way of Life).

Sculpture [HGB 13]

Displayed

Bronze cast

150 x 350 x 80 mm

About the artist

Henri Gaudier was born in St. Jean de Braye, near Orleans, in France. He first came to Britain in 1908. He met Sophie Brzeska while working as a student in the evenings at Ste. Genevieve Library in Paris in 1910. In the same year he left France under a cloud of social hostility and settled in England adding the name Brzeska to his own soon after. He worked in isolation until he met Middleton Murray in 1912, whereafter he built up a circle of artists and intellectuals which included Ezra Pound, Wyndham Lewis and T. E. Hulme. He became involved in Pound's and Lewis' Vorticist group, contributing to the two issues of their magazine Blast. Gaudier was killed in action during the First World War in Belgium.