Gaudier-Brzeska, Henri (1891-1915), 'Old Man Kneeling to the Left of Prometheus', Charcoal Drawing, 1910

'Old Man Kneeling to the Left of Prometheus', Charcoal Drawing, 1910

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Signed and inscribed ‘vieillard agenouillé à la gauche du Prométhée’ (Old Man Kneeling to the Left of Prometheus) by the artist in charcoal. On watermarked ‘Ingres /Viladon’ laid paper.

While in Paris in 1910 Gaudier-Brzeska produced a series of drawings for an ambitious sculptural project based on the ancient Greek tragedy of Prometheus. The theme of Prometheus had proven popular among sculptors since the 17th Century. Gaudier-Brzeska sketched several designs for his imagined sculpture, both for a Prometheus surrounded by Oceanides as well as a Prometheus surrounded by a group of figures representing humanity, of which this is one.

In addition to this drawing he created ‘Étude de Nu Masculin Assis, de Profil Gauche, pour Prométhée’, ‘Homme (20), à la Gauche’, ‘Étude de Nu Feminin Assis, de Profil Droit, pour Prométhée’, ‘Étude de Nu Féminin Debout, de Profil Droit, pour Prométhée’ and ‘Étude de Prométhée Enchaîné’. All the drawings are in charcoal and red chalk on the same Ingres/ Viladon paper.

The group of drawings share a focus on the musculature of the body which is conveyed in an almost Baroque manner.

Paper Size 47.5 x 31.5 cm
Provenance H. S. (Jim) Ede
Literature Silber & Finn, ‘Gaudier-Brzeska’, Thames and Hudson, 1996, pp. 74-75; ‘Henri Gaudier Brzeska Dessins’, Exhibition Catalogue, Fage Editions, 2010, pp. 96-98