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IF ONLY THEY'D LIVED

As many of you know, I study art history as a hobby and love to learn of new (to me anyway) artists.

James Guinevan Seymour of Redbubble (see his work here) has introduced me to the work of sculptor Henri Gaudier-Brzeska (1891-1915).

Looking at Henri’s wonderful work made me sad to consider how great he could have become if he hadn’t been killed in action in 1915.

I can’t help but wonder whether Henri Gaudier-Brzeska would have surpassed many of the famous sculptors of the 20th century had he lived beyond his mid twenties.

Here are a few examples of his work and thanks again to James for telling me about him.

…. and here is the sculptor himself:

Another artist who died in his mid-twenties (tuberculosis) was the English pen and ink artist, Aubrey Beardsley (21 August 1872 – 16 March 1898). Beardsley managed to make his name known before his death and has been an immense influence on pen and ink artists all over the world.

Here is Aubrey:

… and here are a few of his works:

When I was a young and still at home, this last one (Salome) was on my bedroom wall as a poster and my mother didn’t like it one bit :)

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Speculation about the lives of Gaudier-Brzeska and Beardsley.

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I am a retired man who enjoys expressing himself in pencils and paints. I have had two solo exhibitions in my home town and I love Redbubble. I get as much pleasure from viewing the works of other artists as from creating my own.

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Comments

  • Abstractics
    Abstracticsover 4 years ago

    cool..nice post..

  • Thanks for reading it.

    – BLYTHART

  • Barbara Cliff
    Barbara Cliffover 4 years ago

    very fascinating —shame they were cut off, so to speak

  • They achieved a lot in a short space of time though.

    – BLYTHART

  • Abstractics
    Abstracticsover 4 years ago

    was a pleasure to read..i like learning stuff i didnt know..and afterall,art is a lifelong learning process..thanks for enlightening me.. :)

  • … and thanks to James for telling me about Henri Gaudier-Brzeska. I have admired the work of Beardsley since I was shown it in 1974.

    – BLYTHART

  • Abstractics
    Abstracticsover 4 years ago

    yep..well did james..legend sah !

  • barnsis
    barnsisover 4 years ago

    I believe I have seen Henri Gaudier-Brzeska in print at some time, it looks very familiar. I can see your mother’s concern but you seem to have turned out ok. { :>) Thanks for sharing these.

  • janeymac
    janeymacover 4 years ago

    wonderful artists thank you for this very interesting post

  • limerick
    limerickover 4 years ago

    This is a great post!! :)

  • JaneSolomon1
    JaneSolomon1over 4 years ago

    Very interesting. Thank you.

  • Sean Farragher
    Sean Farragherover 4 years ago

    wonder how many more like that there was,,,,,,,,,

  • James  Guinnevan Seymour
    James Guinnev...over 4 years ago

    this is brilliant Dave great research and info, Beardsley is another one of my favorite artists I actually didn’t know he died so young .

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