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Pencil on Paper

45.7 × 54.6 cm


Guide Price: £3,500 - £4,500

Epstein was born in New York in 1880. He went to night school c.1899 where he began sculpting under George Grey Bernard. Epstein settled in London in 1905. He met Picasso, Brancusi and Modigliani in Paris in 1912-13. He then returned to England and worked near Hastings from 1913 to 1916. Epstein made his name as a sculptor of monuments and portraits, and as an occasional painter and illustrator. In his lifetime he championed many of the concepts central to modernist sculpture, including 'truth to material', direct carving, and inspiration from so-called primitive art, all of which became central to twentieth-century practice. Epstein became a founding member of the London Group and had his first solo show at the Twenty-One Gallery, London. The Arts Council honoured him with a retrospective exhibition at the Tate Gallery in 1953. Epstein’s works have been exhibited in major museums, around the world including Tate Britain, The National Portrait Gallery, The National Galleries of Scotland and Museum of Modern Art, New York. He was knighted in 1954 and died in London on 19 August 1959.

Terms and Conditions: Please note all works will be available for collection from Wednesday 17 November 2021 at Freedom from Torture offices, 111 Isledon Road, London N7 7JW. The artwork will be safely stored, free of charge until Friday 17 December 2021. Alternatively, Freedom from Torture can help organise national and international delivery of artworks through a third party, to the winner. The winning bidder will be responsible for all delivery costs and will be invoiced directly by the third party.

Lot No.: EL89-96-00027
Kindly domated by Thomas Gibson