Bird Swallowing a Fish
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Bird Swallowing a Fish 1914 (posthumous cast)
Gaudier-Brzeska had a personal and recognisable way of working, in which shapes were radically simplified. Both the bird and the fish have been reduced to their essential elements. The artist fused the mechanical and the organic in his sculptures. In this piece, the aggressive subject and the torpedo-like shape of the fish seem to anticipate the First World War, which already looked inevitable by spring 1914 and which broke out in July. This sculpture was modelled and carved in plaster before being cast in metal and is one of the last pieces Gaudier-Brzeska made.

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Cast

The production of a sculpture by use of a mould to make a copy, usually in a more durable material, of the original work. The term is used to describe both the process and the resulting object.

Modelling

This can mean the representation of three-dimensional forms in two dimensions so that they appear solid, or it can refer to the practice of creating a three-dimensional form out of a malleable substance such as wax or clay.

Cast, Modelling

Details

  • Acc. No. GMA 2150
  • Medium Bronze
  • Size 31.10 x 58.10 x 27.00 cm
  • Credit Purchased 1980