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Henri GAUDIER-BRZESKA | L'Oiseau de feu [Firebird]
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Henri GAUDIER-BRZESKA
St Jean-de-Braye, France 1891 – France 1915
England from 1907, France 1909-10, and 1914-15
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L'Oiseau de feu
[Firebird]
1912
plaster with black paint
three plaster casts were made from the original clay sculpture, one of which was sent to the Parlanti Foundry, Parsons Green, to serve as the mould for the bronze; the location of the other two plaster is not known Raymond Drey had three bronzes cast from the plaster c.1914 - 1918 Leicester Galleries had a further six bronzes made after 1918
63.6 (h) x 34.0 (w) x 27.0 (d) cm
signed, incised lower right base, "H. Gaudier/ Brzeska";
not dated
Purchased 1981
NGA 1981.727
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Literature

H.S. Ede, A life of Gaudier-Brzeska, London: William Heinemann, 1930, pp.194-5.

Roger Cole, Burning to Speak: The Life and Art of Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, Oxford: Phaidon Press, 1978, p.22, p.61 (ill.).

Michael Lloyd, 'Twentieth-century Sculpture' in Art and Australia, vol. 20, no. 1, Spring 1982, pp.78-81, p/80 (ill.).

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