Horace Brodsky was born in Melbourne, where he worked for his father's journal 'Table Talk' and studied intermittently at the National Gallery School. He left Australia with his family in 1905 and spent most of his career in the England, apart from a time in New York (1915-23). In England he joined the London Group in 1914 and was associated with the British avant garde. He was the subject of a famous portrait bust by Gaudier-Brzeska (Tate), with whom he was. particularly close and on whose work he wrote a book.
Brodsky's principal strength as an artist lay in drawing, prints and design. He was the pioneer of linocut printmaking in Britain and his prints are a strong and important aspect of his oeuvre. With 'Bather' 1913 (NGA collection), 'Expulsion' is his most significant; it was included in an early monograph ('A portfolio of linoleum cuts by Horace Brodsky', New York: Egmont H Arens, 1920) and shown in Claude Flight's 'First exhibition of British linocuts' (London, 1929).
© Australian Art Department, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2003
linocut printed in black ink on ivory wove paper
26.0 x 16.3 cm blockmark; 33.0 x 24.3 cm sheet (irreg.)
Signature & date
Signed in block to print l.l., incised "HB".
Signed and dated l.r., pencil "Horace Brodzky/ 1914".
Purchased with funds provided by the Australian Prints, Drawings and Watercolours Benefactors' Fund 2003
Not on display
Estate of Horace Brodzky
Shown in 2 exhibitions
Australian prints: Collectors' List no. 104, Josef Lebovic Gallery, Kensington, 31 May 2003–27 Jul 2003
Modern impressions; Australian prints from the collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 02 Sep 2016–Jan 2017