Curator Tour – Gaudier-Brzeska: Disputing the Earth

16 Mar 2019

16 March 2019, 12-1pm

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Join the exhibition’s curator Grace Brockington (University of Bristol) on a guided tour promising unique insights into Gaudier-Brzeska’s animal works and the time he spent in Bristol.


About Gaudier-Brzeska: Disputing the Earth

‘Early stone-age man disputed the earth with animals’ - Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, 1914

In his short life, French artist Henri Gaudier-Brzeska (1891-1915) created an astonishing range of animal-inspired artworks. Gaudier-Brzeska: Disputing the Earth pays new attention to Gaudier’s versatility as an animal artist and the special significance that the animal kingdom held for him.

Including works as varied as wallpaper designs, sculptures and sketches, the show will be grouped according to the places where Gaudier found his subjects – zoo, park, wilderness. Placed alongside one another, this incredible collection of artworks will demonstrate Gaudier's extraordinary stylistic variety, and the extent to which his abstract work was rooted in the observation of nature.

Gaudier-Brzeska has a special connection to Bristol and the region. He spent two years in the south west, sketching around the city and at Bristol Zoo, whilst studying at the Merchant Venturers’ Technical College, then based at the RWA.

This exhibition brings Gaudier-Brzeska's sculptures and drawings back to Bristol, a century after he first explored the city, and establishes his significance as an animal artist.

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
Henri Gaudier-Brzeska (1891-1915), Crouching Fawn, 1914, painted plaster, 10 × 12 × 5 (254 × 305 × 127) . Tate: Transferred from the Victoria & Albert Museum 1983. Image © Tate, London 2019

Curator Tour – Gaudier-Brzeska: Disputing the Earth Gallery