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Saint-Jean-de-Braye, Loiret 1891 - Neuville-Saint-Vaast, Pas-de-Calais 1915

Tête hiératique d'Ezra Pound

Hieratic Head of Ezra Pound




Dimensions (HxWxD): 35 58 x 18 x 19 14 in.

Acc. No.: 2009.72.1

Credit Line: Gift from the Collection of Raymond and Patsy Nasher

Photo credit: Courtesy National Gallery of Art, Washington

© Artist : public domain


  • The artist
  • London, sold to Ford Madox Hueffer (1873-1939, later Ford Madox Ford)
  • Ezra Pound (1885-1972), London, and Rapallo, Merano, and Venice, Italy
  • his estate
  • 1988, purchased through Hirschl & Adler Galleries, Inc., New York, by Raymond (1921-2007) and Patsy Nasher (1928-1988), Dallas
  • Dallas, RDN & PRN Foundation
  • 2009, gift to the National Gallery of Art, Washington


  • Museum's website, 2nd August 2011
  • 1943 Goldring
    Douglas Goldring, South Lodge: Reminiscences of Violet Hunt, Ford Madox Ford and the English Review Circle, London, 1943, p. 63
  • 1978 Cole
    Roger Cole, Burning to Speak: The Life and Art of Henri Gaudier Brzeska. Oxford, 1978, p. 36-38, n. 50, figs.
  • 1983 Lewison
    Jeremy Lewison, ed. Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, Sculptor, 1891-1915 Exh. cat. Kettle's Yard Gallery, Cambridge, 1983; City of Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, 1983-1984; York City Art Gallery, 1984: 4, 24, 52-53 (under n. 71 and 72), reprs. (not in the exhibition)
  • 1993 Orléans/Toulouse
    Henri Gaudier-Brzeska. Exh. cat. Musée des beaux-arts, Orléans 1993; Musée d’art modern, Toulouse, 1993, p. 30-31, 66, 68, fig. 4, 5. (not in the exhibition)
  • 1996 Silber
    Evelyn Silber, Gaudier-Brzeska: Life and Art. Photographs by David Finn. London and New York, 1996, p. 42-43; 55, 94, 113, 119, 125, 128, 130, 131, 269-270, n. 79, fig. 45, 121, 122
  • 2003 Nash, Giménez and Brenson
    Steven A. Nash, Carmen Giménez, Michael Brenson, A Century of Sculpture: The Nasher Collection, Dallas, The Nasher Foundation, 2003 (first published in 1997, expanded and republished in 2003 by The Nasher Foundation on the occasion of the inauguration in October 2003 of the Nasher Sculpture Center), p. 134-135, repr., 364
  • 2004 Wood
    Jon Wood, "Heads and Tales: Gaudier Brzeska's Hieretic Head of Ezra Pound and the Making of an Avant-garde Homage." In Sculpture and the Pursuit of a Modern Ideal in Britain, c.1880-1930, edited by David J. Getsy. London and Burlington, 2004, p. 192-217, figs. 7.1, 7.2, 7.4, 7.9
  • 2004 Wilson
    Robert A. Wilson, Epitome of Desire: The Story of the Nashers of Texas and One of the World's Greatest Sculpture Collections Created by Their Passion and Obsession for the Best. Austin, 2004, unpaginated, reprs.


  • 1914 London
    Twentieth Century Art: A Review of Modern Movements, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, 1914, n. 154, as Bust of Mr. Ezra Pound

    1957 Milan
    XI Triennale di Milano, Milan, 1957, no. 9

    1982 London
    Henri Gaudier-Brzeska and Ezra Pound: A Friendship, Anthony d'Offay Gallery, London, 1982, unnumbered catalogue, repr.

    1982-1987 London
    Loan to display with permanent collection, Tate Gallery, London, 1982-1987

    1985 London
    Pound's Artists: Ezra Pound and the Visual Arts in London, Paris and Italy, Tate Gallery, London, 1985, n. 1.

    1987 London/Stuttgart
    British Art in the 20th Century: The Modern Movement, Royal Academy of Arts, London; Staatsgalerie, Stuttgart, 1987, n. 58, repr.

    1987-1988 New York
    British Modernist Art 1905-1930, Hirschl & Adler Galleries, New York, 1987-1988, n. 71, repr.

    1988 Madrid
    A Century of Modern Sculpture: The Patsy and Raymond Nasher Collection, Dallas Museum of Art; National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid; Forte di Belvedere, Florence; Staatgalerie Moderner Kunst, Munich, 1987-1989, n. 29, repr. (shown only in Madrid)

    1992 Denton
    The New British Sculpture: Selection Works from the Patsy R. and Raymond D. Nasher Collection, University of North Texas Art Gallery, Denton, 1992

    1996-1997 San Francisco/ New York
    Masterworks of Modern Sculpture: The Nasher Collection, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco; A Century of Sculpture: The Nasher Collection, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, 1996-1997, unnumbered catalogue, repro.

    2003-2004 Dallas
    From Rodin to Calder: Masterworks of Modern Sculpture from the Nasher Collection, Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, 2003-2004

    2008-2009 Dallas
    In Pursuit of the Masters: Stories from the Raymond and Patsy Nasher Collection, Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, 2008-2009