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Jacob Epstein, b.1880

Christ Rising from the Tomb (last work by artist, part of uncompleted commission)1940

This maquette represents the preliminary stage of what would have been one of Jocob Epstein’s last works, intended for Crown Hill Church, Plymouth. The rough treatment, exaggerated drapery and expressive arm and head gestures all have roots in earlier religious work, particularly his ‘Christ Risen’ of thirty years earlier. Working in a style described as “Expressive Naturalism”, there is a strong resemblance to medieval sculpture especially in the manner in which the drapery is rendered. The ascension theme is greatly reinforced through the angles and axes of the rising Christ, all of which point heavenward.

MediumLead maquette
Dimensions26.7 x 11.5 cm
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Gordon Lambert Trust, 1992
Item NumberIMMA.197 GL
Image Caption
Jacob Epstein, Christ Rising from the Tomb (last work by artist, part of uncompleted commission), 1940, Lead maquette, 26.7 x 11.5 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Gordon Lambert Trust, 1992

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About the Artist

Jacob Epstein 1880–1959

Jacob Epstein was born in America to Polish parents. In his early twenties, Epstein moved from New York to Paris and then London. He became a British citizen in 1911. Taking the human figure as the primary focus of his work, Epstein was among a group of pioneering sculptors who promoted carving directly from stone with regard to its natural form and grain. Epstein exhibited widely from the 1910s. A major retrospective exhibition of his work was held at the Tate Gallery in 1953. His sculptural work is represented in major collections worldwide.
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