Henri Gaudier-Brzeska (1891-1915)
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Henri Gaudier-Brzeska (1891-1915)

Monkey

Details
Henri Gaudier-Brzeska (1891-1915)
Monkey
signed 'Gaudier' (on the side of the bronze base)
bronze with a green and brown patina
8¼ in. (21 cm.) high, excluding marble base
Plaster conceived in October 1912, presumed lost or destroyed. The present work is one of only two known bronzes and was cast by Parlanti before 1930. The other cast has previously not come to light.
Provenance
F.C. Johnson, by 1943, and by descent.
Literature
H.S. Ede, A Life of Gaudier-Brzeska, London, 1930, p. 204.
H.S. Ede, Savage Messiah, London, 1931, p. 173.
H. Brodsky, Gaudier-Brzeska, London, 1932, p. 67, as 'Ape' (plaster illustrated).
R. Cole, Burning to Speak the life and art of Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, Oxford, 1978, p. 128, no. 025.
E. Silber and D. Finn, Gaudier-Brzeska Life and Art, London, 1996, pp. 255-256, no. 23, pl. 20, plaster illustrated.
Exhibited
Leeds, Temple Newsam, Roy de Maistre Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, June - August 1943, no. 60, as 'Baboon', lent to the exhibition by F.C. Johnson.
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Lot Essay

In a letter in late October 1912 to Sophie Brzeska, Gaudier reports that he has 'done ... a little statue of a monkey, one of a lynx, one of a puma'. The clay models for the lynx and the pumas were never cast.

A drawing of a monkey by Gaudier-Brzeska is illustrated in a book of 1913 called The Splendid Wayfaring by Gaudier-Brzeska's friend, Haldane MacFall.
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