This exhibition pays new attention to the versatility of French artist Gaudier-Brzeska (1891-1915) as an animal artist and the special significance that the animal kingdom held for him.
In his short life, Gaudier created an astonishing range of animal-inspired artworks, including wallpaper designs, sculptures and sketches. The show is grouped according to the places where he found his subjects – zoo, park, wilderness.
Placed alongside one another, this collection demonstrates Gaudier's extraordinary stylistic variety, and the extent to which his abstract work was rooted in the observation of nature.
The artist has a special connection to Bristol and the region. He spent two years in the south west, sketching around the city and at Bristol Zoo, whilst studying at the Merchant Venturers’ Technical College, then based at the RWA. This exhibition brings Gaudier-Brzeska's sculptures and drawings back to Bristol, a century after he first explored the city, and establishes his significance as an animal artist.