Henri Gaudier-Brzeska

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Henri Gaudier was born in St Jean de Braye in France in 1891. He became a sculptor in Paris without any formal training. In 1911 Gaudier moved to London with his partner, Sophie Brzeska. Over the next couple of years he associated with leading literary and artistic figures such as Wyndham Lewis and Ezra Pound. He became a founder member of the London Group and the following year signed the Vorticist Manifesto.
On the outbreak of the First World War, Gaudier enlisted in the French Army. After two promotions for bravery, Henri Gaudier was killed at Neuville St. Vaast on 5th June, 1915. Although his work was ignored during his lifetime, Gaudier was afterwards widely recognised as one of the most important sculptors of his generation.