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Stag, 1913

This drawing was almost certainly made during a trip to Arundel, West Sussex, in September 1913. Gaudier had met Ezra Pound in London two months earlier. The efficiency and speed with which the stag is outlined suggest that at this time Gaudier was already responding to Pound’s interest in Oriental calligraphy. The use of essential and quickly drawn lines and Chinese inks remained cornerstones of Gaudier’s art for the remainder of his career.

Drawing [HGB 136]


Pen and ink on paper (buff)

210 x 330 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.