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Seated Woman, 1914 (cast of 1964)

Seated Woman is one of Gaudier’s last and most accomplished pieces. The simplification of the figure’s features results from the artist’s interest in African masks, which he knew well from visits to the British Museum and other collections, including that of Jacob Epstein.

The increasing emphasis on carving in stone meant that Gaudier had to struggle with the problem of forming the human body into a compact pose, confined by the shape of the stone. The positioning of the arm over the head, which creates a composition of repeated triangular parts that echo each other and at times join up as diamonds, resolves this technical problem.

This is one of two bronze casts in the house. They were made from Gaudier’s marble carving in the mid-1960s, on Ede’s commission. He later donated the original to the Musée national d’art moderne in Paris.

Sculpture [HGB 18 a]

Displayed

Bronze cast

460 x 360 x 200 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.