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    Sale 7424

    20th Century British Art

    16 November 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 146

    Henri Gaudier-Brzeska (1891-1915)

    Head of an Idiot/Head of a Jew (Self-Portrait)

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    Henri Gaudier-Brzeska (1891-1915)
    Head of an Idiot/Head of a Jew (Self-Portrait)
    bronze with a dark brown patina
    7¼ in. (18.4 cm.) high, excluding the base
    Conceived in plaster in October 1912 and cast in 1939 in an edition of 7 by Anton Zwemmer.

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    The artist's friend, Horace Brodsky, described this work as a satirical self-portrait.

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    with Zwemmer Gallery, London.
    Anonymous sale; Christie's London, 13 June 1986, lot 291.
    with Mercury Gallery, London, where purchased by the present owner.

    Pre-Lot Text



    H. Ede, A Life of Gaudier-Brzeska, London, 1930, p. 205, another cast illustrated.
    J. Cournos, Autobiography, New York, 1935, p. 257, another cast illustrated.
    H. Brodzky, Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, London, 1933, opposite p. 66, another cast illustrated.
    M. Levy (intro.), Gaudier-Brzeska Drawings and Sculpture, London, 1965, p. 29, no. 75, another cast illustrated.
    R. Cole, Burning to Speak The Life and Art of Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, Oxford, 1978, pp. 28 and 65, no. 18, another cast illustrated.
    R. Cole, Gaudier-Brzeska, Artist and Myth, Bristol, 1995, p. 59, another cast illustrated.
    E. Silber, Gaudier-Brzeska Life and Art, London, 1996, p. 257, no. 30, pls. III, 25, 26, another cast illustrated.


    Leeds, Temple Newsam, Roy de Maistre and Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, June - August 1943, no. 59, another cast exhibited.