BUST OF RABINDRANATH TAGORE
BUST OF RABINDRANATH TAGORE
PROPERTY FROM AN IMPORTANT CORPORATE COLLECTION
Height 19 3/4 in. (50.3 cm.)
Originally purchased from Ernest, Brown & Phillips, Ltd., London.
Fifty Years of Bronzes and Drawings by Sir Jacob Epstein, Ernest, Brown & Phillips, Ltd., London, 10 June - 7 July, 1960, no. 22
Bronze Sculpture by Jacob Epstein, Ruskin Gallery, Birmingham, 1927, no. 1 (another cast)
Sculpture by Jacob Epstein, Ferargil Gallery, New York,1927, no. 19 (another cast)
Jacob Epstein: Sculpture and Drawings, City Art Galleries, Leeds and Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, April-September 1987, no. 91 (another cast)
Jacob Epstein: Sculpture and Drawings, exhibition catalogue, City Art Galleries, Leeds and Whitechapel Art Gallery, London,1987, p. 192, illustrated (another cast).
Arnold Haskell, The Sculptor Speaks: Jacob Epstein to Arnold Haskell: A Series of Conversations on Art, London, 1931, p. 185.
L.B. Powell, Jacob Epstein, London, 1932, illustrated (another cast)
Jacob Epstein, Let There be Sculpture, London, 1940, pp. 111-112.
R. Black, The Art of Jacob Epstein, New York and Cleveland, 1942, p. 236, no. 125, illustrated.
Jacob Epstein, Epstein: An Autobiography, London, 1955, p. 92, illustrated (another cast).
R. Buckle, Jacob Epstein Sculptor, London, 1963, pp. 146-148, plates 224-225, illustrated.
E.P. and B.A. Schinman (eds.), Jacob Epstein: A Catalogue of the Collection of Edward P. Schinman, New Jersey, 1970, p. 37, illustrated (another cast).
Evelyn Silber, The Sculpture of Epstein, Oxford, 1986, p. 160, no. 172, illustrated.
Born in New York, Sir Jacob Epstein attended art classes at the Art Students League, and eventually turned to sculpture as his eyesight deteriorated. He attended night school in 1899, where he studied under George Grey Bernard. Later, after two years at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts and the Academie Julian in Paris, Epstein moved to London to set up his own sculpture studio. He was a founding member of the London Group, an association of writers and artists promoting modern art in England. During this period, Epstein came into contact with leading contemporary artists, including Picasso, Brancusi and Modigliani and met leading figures from around the world. As a result, he received many commissions which included famous personalities, such as Rabindranath Tagore, Albert Einstein, Jawaharlal Nehru, and the Maharaja and Maharani of Baroda, among others. 'Epstein modelled Tagore's head over life-size with big, bold strokes, so that the poet with his intense stare and flowing beard took on the monumental grandeur of a baroque apostle.' (R. Buckle, Jacob Epstein Sculptor, London, 1963, p. 149)
Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941) was a Bengali poet and novelist who found fame in the West following the publication of his Gitanjali: Song Offerings in 1912. Though translated into English by the author himself, W.B.Yeats in his introduction to the first edition accorded his work the highest praise. 'These lyrics... display in their thought a world I have dreamed of all my life long'. The following year, Tagore won the Nobel Prize for Literature, and in 1915 he was awarded a knighthood (an honour he later surrendered in protest against the Massacre of Amritsar). A man of great presence and gravitas, Tagore wielded considerable political clout. However, it is as the outstanding creative writer of modern India and the voice of her spiritual heritage that he is best remembered.
# Import duty at 11% will be charged on the hammer price and GST will be applicable on the total amount of the hammer price plus the import duty.
About The Artist:
SIR JACOB EPSTEIN (1880 - 1959)