Synopses & Reviews
Jacob Epstein (1880-1959) was a pioneer of modern sculpture in Britain. Yet he always felt an outsider in his adopted country, subjected as he was to relentless attacks and vilification. With his determination to break the taboos surrounding the depiction of sexuality, and his use of expressive distortion of the figure in a manner modeled more on non-Western art than the classical ideal, he aroused hostility throughout his career. Such controversy has meant that considerable attention is paid to certain aspects of Epstein's long and productive career, while in other respects the true nature of his overall achievement has been overlooked. This book intends to redress the balance. It provides a fascinating account of a sculptor who had a profound influence on successive generations of artists--not only for his carving but also for his courage.
A truly distinguished, revelatory book.
"A truly distinguished, revelatory book."--The Forward
Includes bibliographical references (p. 79) and index.
Table of Contents
1 'A Sculptor in Revolt' 10
2 Dynamism and Destruction 26
3 Between the Wars 43
4 The Final Years 60