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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