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 :)
Speculation about the lives of Gaudier-Brzeska and Beardsley.