Carole Angier

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Gaudier Brzeska: An Absolute Case of Genius


Allen Lane The Penguin Press 371pp £29 order from our bookshop

HENRI GAUDIER-BRZESKA should be a fantastic subject. He was a genius – Ezra Pound thought so, and art history agrees. He died young – younger than Keats, younger than Alain-Fournier, only a few years older than Chatterton, the marvellous boy. As though he knew how little time he had, he raced through his artistic development at breakneck speed, turning himself from a painter into a sculptor at nineteen, and reaching his mature abstract style at twenty-two.

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