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.