Gaudier-Brzeska, HenriWomen Bearing Sacks

Women Bearing Sacks
Sculpture by Henri Gaudier-Brzeska (1891-1915)

This relief sculpture expresses the balanced form made by two women as they work, their muscular bodies straining under the heavy objects they carry. Gaudier-Brzeska was a young man of about twenty when he made this work and was experimenting with different sculptural ideas and techniques. Even early on he had an intuitive understanding of form and sculpture as demonstrated by the rhythmic, flowing lines of this relief. The unlikely representation of the women as nudes reveal his enthusiasm for the sculptural possibilities of the naked human figure and remind us of the bold, angular contours of African carving. Gaudier-Brzeska was influenced by many cultures and artists including his friend Jacob Epstein.