"the head of Ezra by Gaudier-Brzeska"
Hieratic Head of Ezra Pound
Public DomainHieratic Head of Ezra Pound - Credit: Sculpture: Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, Photo: Andreas Praefcke

A good friend of Ezra Pound, the French sculptor Gaudier-Brzeska (born 1891) became a founding member of the Vorticism movement in London after moving there in 1910. With no formal artistic training, he developed a primitive and simplified style of carving, shaping the Head of Ezra from a lump of marble in 1914.

He was killed in the war in 1915. Pound, greatly saddened by Brzeska's death, later memorialised him in his Canto XVI.