Sir Jacob Epstein

Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Wikipedia.

Epstein, Sir Jacob

(ĕp`stīn), 1880–1959, sculptor, b. New York City. He studied with Rodin in Paris and later worked chiefly in England. In revolt against the ornate and the pretty in art, Epstein produced bold, often harsh and massive forms in stone or bronze that were the subjects of frequent controversy. His 18 large figures on the British Medical Association Building (1907–8) were removed in 1937 as offensive and structurally dangerous. Epstein's major pieces include the Oscar Wilde Memorial (1911; Père-Lachaise, Paris); a marble Venus (1917; Yale Univ., New Haven, Conn.); a bronze Christ (1919; Wheathamstead, England); the "Rima" figure that forms the W. H. Hudson Memorial (1925; Hyde Park, London); an enormous Adam in alabaster (1939; Blackpool, England); figures for Fairmount Park, Philadelphia; and a Madonna and Child (Convent of the Holy Child Jesus, London). Some of Epstein's best-known work is in bronze portraiture, executed with roughly textured surfaces. His perceptive portraits include those of the duke of Marlborough, Joseph Conrad, Albert Einstein, and Jawaharlal Nehru. Epstein was knighted in 1954.


See his autobiography (2d ed. 1963); drawings ed. by Kathleen Epstein (1962); biography by J. Rose (2002); study by Robert Black (1942).

The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia™ Copyright © 2013, Columbia University Press. Licensed from Columbia University Press. All rights reserved.
References in periodicals archive ?
Under Sir Jacob Epstein's impressive creation, Christ in Majesty, which was suspended above the nave, the orchestra produced ethereal music of the highest quality.
The plans will incorporate some of the building's most famous features, including maintaining the store's striking frontage, the famous "Liverpool Resurgent" statue by Sir Jacob Epstein, and the 1950s tiled mural in the former self service restaurant on the fifth floor.
Or what about the excellent Walsall art gallery for the dozens of bronzes by Sir Jacob Epstein. All for free.
It was rebuilt after the war, and when it reopened in 1956, it was with the addition of a new (and nude) statue by Sir Jacob Epstein, called, aptly, Liverpool Resurgent.
In 1953 the cathedral commissioned the renowned artist Sir Jacob Epstein to create a symbol of the survival of war, the bold concrete Christ in Majesty, which caused much controversy.
It rushed through an assessment of the building, famous for its Liverpool Resurgent statue by Sir Jacob Epstein .
The style of his monochrome portrait of Garman, the daughter of the sculptor Sir Jacob Epstein, was inspired by the TV series Face to Face, broadcast between 1959 and 1962.
Officially known as Liverpool Resurgent, the statue was built by Sir Jacob Epstein but is more commonly known as Dickie Lewis.
This year Coventry Cathedral will be holding an art exhibition with original sketches, models and designs from Sir Jacob Epstein, Graham Sutherland and John Piper.
A 16-feet statue by New York-born sculptor Sir Jacob Epstein.
Its little-known title is "Liverpool Resurgent" and it, and the three cement panels beneath, were created by Sir Jacob Epstein as a tribute to the city's recovery from the wartime blitz.