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Men with Bowl

GAUDIER-BRZESKA, Henri (1891 - 1915)

Men with Bowl

Media: bronze

Size: 31.0 cm

Acquired: 1992; Purchase

Accession Number: NMW A 1625

This is one of four bronzes, probably cast during the 1920s and 1930s from a plaster maquette for a garden ornament modelled before the First World War. The original plaster is now in the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Orleans. It may have been intended as a reduced-scale study for a bird-bath. Closely related to African tribal wood carvings, it was described by Gaudier-Brzeska as 'a study of the primitive so that I may carve stone with more purpose'.


31 May 2017, 16:53
I think the stylistic sources are more Oceanic than African. Eg Easter Island figures and Trobriand Islands betal nut bowls
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