Sir Jacob Epstein Jacob Kramer 1921

Artwork details

Artist
Sir Jacob Epstein 1880–1959
Title
Jacob Kramer
Date 1921
Medium Bronze
Dimensions Object: 658 x 539 x 332 mm, 35.5 kg
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by the Contemporary Art Society 1924
Reference
N03849
On display at Tate Britain
Room: 1910

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Jacob Kramer (1892-1962) was a painter, originally from the Ukraine, who settled in Leeds in 1900. Epstein asked Kramer to model for him, and offered to sit for Kramer in return. He later wrote: ‘The Leeds painter, Kramer, was a model who seemed to be on fire. He was extraordinarily nervous. Energy seemed to leap into his hair as he sat, and sometimes he would be shaken by queer trembling like ague. I would try to calm him so as to get on with the work’.

Jacob Epstein was born in New York in 1880 and died in London in 1959.

June 2004

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