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Horace Brodzky mask, 1913

Australian-born painter Horace Brodzky travelled extensively, and lived in London in 1908-15 and again in 1923-69. He left Britain for New York in 1915 following the death of his close friend Gaudier-Brzeska, whose biography he published in 1933.

Gaudier made several portraits of Brodzky, including paintings, sculptures and sketches. This ‘mask’ was acquired by Ede in 1927, but then disappeared from public view until the early 1970s, when it was found in the shed at the back of the house. The chisel marks complement well the rough texture of the Portland stone, a sign of great sculptural ability which is especially evident in the mane of hair.

[HGB 132]



290 x 360 x 290 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.