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PRINT May 1978

Henri Gaudier-Brzeska: The Process of Discovery

I have heard Brancusi: la sculpture n’est pas pour les jeunes hommes. Brancusi also said that Gaudier was a young chap who had an enormous amount of talent, and might have done something had he lived.

Ezra Pound, Guide to Kulchur1

Brancusi was giving up the facile success of representative sculpture about the time Gaudier was giving up his baby bottle; . . . he has had time to make statues, where Gaudier had time only to make sketches; Gaudier had purged himself of every kind of rhetoric he had noticed; Brancusi has detected more kinds of rhetoric and continued the process of purgation.

Ezra Pound, Literary Essays2

IN OCTOBER OF 1917 two drawings by Henri Gaudier-Brzeska were included in a group show at the Penguin Gallery in New York, “the first time that work by this artist has been exhibited outside of London.”3 However, the exhibition last fall at the Gruenebaum Gallery of sculpture and

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