GAUDIER-BRZESKA, Henri (1891 - 1915)
Size: 64.1 cm
Acquired: 1972; Purchase
Accession Number: NMW A 2419
The Wrestler was originally modelled in plaster by Gaudier-Brzeska in 1912. This work is one of five casts (two in lead and three in bronze) from the original plaster. Before making the sculpture Gaudier-Brzeska sketched wrestlers in action. The way the figure’s body is modelled shows a progression from his earlier admiration for Rodin’s figure sculpture.