by Henri Gaudier-Brzeska
22 in. x 15 1/2 in. (559 mm x 394 mm)
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- Henri Gaudier-Brzeska (1891-1915), Sculptor and draughtsman. Sitter in 1 portrait, Artist of 2 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Henri Gaudier-Brzeska (1891-1915), Sculptor and draughtsman. Artist of 2 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
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The French-born sculptor Gaudier-Brzeska moved to London in 1911 and worked at the Omega Workshops, established by the Bloomsbury critic Roger Fry, from 1913. Although his best known work is based on human and animal forms his work was much influenced by machine imagery and he was involved with Vorticism from the outset. He was killed in action during the First World War while serving with the French army at Neuville-Saint-Vaast.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Gibson, Robin, 20th Century Portraits, 1978 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 9 June - 17 September 1978), p. 16
- Rogers, Malcolm, Master Drawings from the National Portrait Gallery, 1993 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 5 August to 23 October 1994), p. 157
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 239
Events of 1912back to top
Current affairsThe Royal Flying Corps is established. During the Great War, planes and balloons were used mainly for reconnaissance and observation before technological advances made them fast enough and manoeuvrable enough to attack enemy positions and fight in the air. Arthur (Bomber) Harris won distinction as a pilot destroying five enemy aircraft in the war. In the Second World War he became Marshal of the Royal Air Force.
Art and scienceGeorge Bernard Shaw writes Pygmalion.
Charles Babbage's invents the Analytic Machine. Considered to be the forerunner to the modern computer, the machine was able to make automatic mathematical calculations.
Edward Bulwer-Lytton publishes his hugely popular, but now largely neglected, novel Last Days of Pompeii, set in the Italian city at the time of Mount Vesuvius' eruption in 79AD.
InternationalScott leads the British Expedition to the South Pole reaching it in January 1912 only to discover that the rival Norwegian party had beaten them by a month. All members of Scott's team perished on the return journey. Captain Oates' famous last words were immortalised in Scott's diary: 'I am just going outside and may be some time.'
The 'unsinkable' Titanic strikes an iceberg and goes down on its maiden journey between Southampton and New York.
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