Art History Day School - Gaudier-Brzeska

18 May 2019

Art History Day School - Gaudier-Brzeska

Gaudier-Brzeska: Early Years to Legacy 

Saturday 18 May 2019, 10am – 4:30pm

Led by Dr Justine Hopkins - with keynote & exhibition tour by curator Dr Grace Brockington

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Henri Gaudier-Brzeska had exceptional energy, leaving a lasting mark and assuring him a place of honour in the history of sculpture. In association with the RWA exhibition, Gaudier-Brzeska: Disputing the Earth, this Day School led by art historian Dr Justine Hopkins, will follow the evolution of his remarkable artfrom the early Bristol sketches to the spectacular ‘Bird Swallowing a Fish’and his relationship to other artists and writers of his day, including Jacob Epstein, Vorticists Wyndham Lewis and Ezra Pound, and Roger Fry.

There will also be a tour of the exhibition, led by its curator, Dr Grace Brockington of Bristol University.

Course Leaders

Dr Hopkins is a freelance lecturer in Art History. Previously, she has lectured at the Victoria and Albert Museum; Bristol, London, Oxford and Cambridge Universities; the Tate, National and National Portrait Galleries; Sotheby's, Christies' and assorted independent institutions, and is a registered lecturer for NADFAS.

Dr Grace Brockington (curator of the exhibition Gaudier-Brzeska: Disputing the Earth) is Senior Lecturer in History of Art at University of Bristol. Her research is centred on the relationship between art, politics and internationalism and is supported by several externally-awarded prizes and grants. 

The Programme

  • The Golden Eagle’s Wing: early years and escaping into art
  • Sculptural Energy is the Mountain: 1912-13, explorations and experiments
  • Post-lunch Gallery Visit
  • Ideas Constantly Rushing: 1914, ‘late’ works and final inspirations
  • They Killed an Awful Lot of Sculpture: the legacy of Henri Gaudier-Brzeska

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Henri Gaudier-Brzeska (1891-1915), Sleeping Fawn, 1913 (posthumous cast), painted plaster, 11.4 x 25.4 x 21.6cm. Tate: Transferred from the Victoria & Albert Museum 1983. Image © Tate, London 2019


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