Horace Brodzky (Biographical details)

Horace Brodzky (British; Australian; American (USA); Male; 1885 - 1969)

Also known as

Brodzky, Horace


Artist, printmaker, writer, critic and teacher. Born in Melbourne, Australia, of Jewish parents. Studied drawing at the National Gallery of Victoria School of Art from 1901. Travelling to America in 1904 he joined the National Academy of Design in 1906. Moving to London two years later he attended the City and Guilds Art School in Kennington. He became friendly with the artists: Gaudier-Breska, with whom he worked closely from 1911; Epstein, Bomberg and Gertler. (He published a biography of Gaudier-Breska in 1933 and of Jules Pascin in 1946). During WWI he worked as a poster artist for the American Red Cross and edited art journals in New York. He joined the London Group in 1914 and exhibited in New York, 1915-23. From 1924-34 he taught at London County Council evening classes. His work was included in the first exhibition of lino-cuts organised by Claude Flight (q.v.), held at the Redfern Gallery in 1929. Exhibitions at the Ben Uri Gallery and Oxford Union Cellars in 1965, marked his 80th birthday. Retrospectives were held at the Jewish Museum of Australia, Melbourne, 1988 and the Boundary Gallery, London in 1989. His work is held in the V&A Museum, London; Ashmolean Museum, Oxford; MOMA, New York; National Gallery of Australia, as well as by the British Museum.