Wrestlers signed with monogram (lower centre) herculite resin 72 x 92.5 cm. (28 1/3 x 36 1/2 in.) Conceived and carved in plaster in 1913 and cast in herculite resin in 1965 as an edition of 9
PROVENANCE: With the Rothschild Collection
EXHIBITED: London, Leicester Galleries, A Memorial Exhibition of the Work of Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, May-June 1918, cat.no.65 (carved plaster exhibited) Leeds, Temple Newsam, Exhibition of paintings, sculpture and drawings by Roy de Maistre and Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, June-August 1943, cat.no.78 (carved plaster exhibited) London, Arts Council Gallery, Organised by The Arts Council of Great Britain, Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, December 1955-January 1956, cat.no.28 (carved plaster exhibited) London, Mercury Gallery, Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, Sculpture, March-April 1977, cat.no.13 (another cast) Cambridge, Kettles Yard, Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, Sculptor 1891-1915, October-November 1983, cat.no.80 (another cast); this exhibition later travelled to the City of Bristol Museum & Art Gallery and The York City Art Gallery London, Royal Academy of Arts, Wild Thing, Epstein, Gaudier-Brzeska, Gill, October 2009-January 2010, cat.no.30 (carved plaster exhibited) Paris, Centre Pompidou, Henri Gaudier-Brzeska dans le Collection du Centre Pompidou, October 2009-January 2010, cat.no.13 (another cast); this exhibition later travelled to the the Musée des Beaux Arts d'Orléans
LITERATURE: Mervyn Levy, Gaudier-Brzeska Drawings and Sculpture, Adams & Mackay, London, 1965, cat.no.82, p.30, pl.82 (carved plaster ill.) Roger Cole, Burning to speak, The Life and Art of Henri Gaudier Brzeska, Phaidon, 1978, cat.no.42, p.93 (carved plaster ill.) Evelyn Silber & David Finn, Gaudier-Brzeska, Thames and Hudson, London, 1996, cat.no.66, p.266, pl.87 (carved plaster ill.b&w) Richard Cork, Wild Thing, Epstein, Gaudier-Brzeska, Gill, Royal Academy Publishing, London, 2009, p.76-77 (carved plaster ill.) Christian Briend & Doïna Lemny (ed.), Henri Gaudier-Brzeska dans le Collection du Centre Pompidou, exh.cat, Paris, Centre Pompidou, 2009, (another cast ill.)
Several casts from this edition are in noted public collections; one in the collection of the Musée National d'Art Moderne, Paris, one in the Tate collection, London and two in the Kettle's Yard collection, Cambridge.