Our work of the week is Maternity by the French sculptor Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, depicting a mother embracing her child. This work is currently on show in Beauty & Balance at The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.
Henri Gaudier-Brzeska ‘Crouching Fawn’, 1913, posthumous cast, Painted plaster I The motif of an animal seated with legs tightly folded underneath it is suggestive of Chinese animal figure carvings. This particular piece, however, was based on one of a group of pen drawings of fawns made by Gaudier-Brzeska in the same day. It is a plaster cast of a sculpture in Bath stone