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    Sale 5864

    Modern British Prints

    9 April 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 3

    Henri Gaudier-Brzeska (1891-1915)

    Wrestlers (Carey/Griffiths 18)

    Price Realised  


    Henri Gaudier-Brzeska (1891-1915)
    Wrestlers (Carey/Griffiths 18)
    linocut in black, c. 1914, on cream wove, signed 'Brodzky imp' in black ink, numbered 28/50, with wide margins, published posthumously by Horace Brodzky, time and mount staining, one long soft crease in the lower margin, traces of adhesive tape with attendant staining in the corners on the reverse, taped to mount along the upper and lower sheet edges on the reverse, otherwise in excellent overall condition, framed
    B. 225 x 278 mm., S. 277 x 381 mm.

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    With the label of the Henri Gaudier-Brzeska exhibition held at the Leicester Galleries, London, October 1962 attached to the back of the frame.

    Post Lot Text

    "Although Gaudier-Brzeska worked predominantly as a sculptor, he briefly experimented with etching and drypoint and produced a single linocut, Wrestlers, in the studio of Horace Brodzky, an experienced printmaker and close friend." From British Print of The Machine Age - Rythms of Modern Life 1914-1939 Ed. Clifford S. Ackley, 2008, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

    French-born Henri Gaudier-Brzeska was introduced to the linocut technique by Horace Brodzky. Together with Ezra Pound and Wyndham Lewis, Henri Gaudier-Brzeska became one of the main propounders of the avant-guard Vorticist movement, going on to become a founding member of the London Group. Like many of his generation his life was cut short by the First World War. However despite the brevity of his creative output, his work had a lasting resonance and was a major influence on 20th century French and British sculpture.