Sir Jacob Epstein
Esther 1930

Artwork details

Artist
Sir Jacob Epstein 1880–1959
Title
Esther
Date 1930
Medium Bronze
Dimensions Object: 533 x 635 x 254 mm, 29.3 kg
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by Howard Bliss 1945
Reference
N05579
Not on display

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During the decade of the 1930s Epstein modelled over one hundred portraits ranging from commissions of eminent men to uncommissioned busts of favourite models. Esther was a black half-Jewish nightclub entertainer whose sister Rebecca also posed for Epstein. Esther combined her nightclub work with the life of a professional artist's model. The vigorously modelled surfaces of this bronze bust are an example of the great vitality Epstein managed to infuse into his work at this time, whether modelled portrait busts or imaginative stone carvings.

August 2004

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