Published Jan 2010
The death of the sculptor Henri Gaudier-Brzeska on the Western Front in 1915 aged twenty-three turned him into a legend. Like John Keats or Rupert Brooke he is an epitome of youthful brilliance prematurely extinguished. Gaudier has been an inspiration to later generations of artists, notably Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore and Elizabeth Frink. This major biography – the most fully rounded and richly detailed to date – includes sensitive descriptions of many of Gaudier’s most important sculptures and drawings, and offers a vivid picture of this short but astonishingly prolific and influential life.