... he is a Pole, born in Australia and brought up in America, not very clever but a pleasant enough, amusing fellow
Gaudier met the artist and writer Horace Brodsky (1885-1969) in 1913, the same year that he gave up his job and took a studio at Fulham. Brodksy wrote a biography of Gaudier in 1933. This portrait is a bold, faceted representation with craggy bone structure and protruding eye sockets. Brodsky and Gaudier liked to wrestle, earning Gaudier the nickname savage messiah from his partner Sophie and Brodsky. A running figure and a female head are scratched onto the bare chest (scraffito): Brodsky described how Gaudier inscribed them onto the cast as if for fun.
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: Fine Art
: Horace Brodzky
: GAUDIER-BRZESKA, Henri
: a bronze bust of Horace Brodzky (1885-1969); Brodzky was an artist and critic, and became a friend of Gaudier-Brzeska when he set up a studio in Fulham, London, in 1913; this larger-than-life portrait of him was made in plaster in 1913, and several bronze casts were made from it in the 1930s
On Display at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, Temporary Exhibition Gallery 3 [formerly Balcony Gallery]
: 1913: circa 1932
: Purchased, 1951.