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.
|Unframed, 26.7 x 11.5 cm
|IMMA Collection: Gordon Lambert Trust, 1992
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Jacob Epstein was born in America to Polish parents. As a young adult 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. Epstein exhibited widely from the 1910s. A major retrospective exhibition of his work was held at the Tate Gallery in 1953. He is represented in major collections worldwide.View Artist