Sir Jacob EpsteinDahlias and Sunflower c.1936

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Artist
Sir Jacob Epstein (1880‑1959)
Title
Dahlias and Sunflower
Date c.1936
MediumWatercolour and gouache on paper
Dimensionssupport: 558 x 431 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented through the Friends of the Tate Gallery, Helena and Kenneth Levy Bequest 1990
Reference
T05759
Not on display

Summary

In the 1930s Epstein embarked upon a series of nature and flower studies which were highly unusual in his oeuvre. Renowned as an avant-garde and often controversial sculptor whose work had challenged audiences and critics by rejecting western traditions in favour of an aesthetic inflected by the art of Africa, Asia and Polynesia, Epstein reverted in these works to a more orthodox subject-matter and style.

Both this painting and Dahlias (Tate T05758) were executed during a stay at Baldwin's Hill in Epping Forest in Essex, where Epstein had rented a number of properties since 1922. In what he described as 'a frenzy of painting' (Epstein, p… (read more)

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