Jacob Epstein: Portrait Sculptor

Jacob Epstein: Portrait Sculptor

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Posted 2013-04-16 by Bastion Harrisonfollow

Thu 28 Mar 2013 - Sun 24 Nov 2013


[ADVERT]Born in 1880, Sir Jacob Epstein was a controversial artist yet he is still considered one of the leading sculptors of his day. He had a diverse cultural heritage; his parents were Polish Jews but he was born in New York, studied in Paris, and worked in London. The main controversy over his work was over his depictions of nudity, but many of his other sculptors rewarded him with high acclaim, and led to a knighthood in 1954.

Epistein's most treasured works are probably his portrait sculptors, which are currently on display at the National Portrait Gallery until 24th November 2013. The exhibition showcases his work between the period of 1919-1951, and includes some of his celebrated pieces, such as busts of Joseph Conrad, T.S Eliot, Vaughan Williams, and George Bernard Shaw.

Although the portraits were sculpted based on observation, Epistein also experimented with the texture of clay and bronze, in which they were cast. This created a more expressive physical and psychological presence.

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