Epstein: Artist Against the Establishment

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Jacob Epstein ranks among the finest and most influential sculptors of this century. Stephen Gardiner knew the Epstein family intimately and draws on personal research and a mass of unpublished papers to paint a picture of the man and his art. He unravels the complex story of Epstein's life, assesses the origins of his massive output of work and analyzes his unending battles with traditionalists and the Establishment. From childhood beginnings in Manhattan, Epstein rose rapidly to fame and quickly attracted the animosity of the anti-modern brigade. Notoriety also brought him friendships with, among others, Hulme, Muirhead Bone, Augustus John, Modigliani and Picasso. In this biography, Gardiner traces the links between Epstein's life and work and the influence of the women in his life: Margaret, his wife, and Kathleen Garman, his mistress.

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Jacob Epstein ranks among the finest and most influential sculptors of this century. In this compelling biography, Stephen Gardiner, who knew the Epstein family intimately, draws on personal research and a mass of unpublished papers to paint a vivid picture of the man and his art. He unravels the complex story of Epstein’s life, assesses the origins of his massive output of work and analyses his unending battles with traditionalists and the Establishment.

From childhood beginnings in Manhattan, Epstein rose rapidly to fame and quickly attracted the animosity of the anti-modern brigade. Notoriety also brought him friendships with, among others, T.E. Hulme, Muirhead Bone, Augustus John, Modigliani and Picasso. Gardiner traces the links between Epstein’s life and work and the influence of the women in his life – Margaret, his wife of forty years, who looked after him and took in his children by other women, and Kathleen Garman, his mistress and source of inspiration, who later became Lady Epstein. the result is an unputdownable and absorbing biography of a man who, although given a knighthood by Churchill n 1954, was persecuted by the Art Establishment until the end of his life.

“This warm portrait of an artistic genius is the best of its kind I have read for a long time.”
DAME ELISABETH FRINK, 'Mail on Sunday'

“The fullest account yet to appear of Epstein’s life and work.”
RICHARD BUCKLE, 'Spectator'

“An affectionate, scholarly and well-researched biography”
PATRICK O’CONNOR, 'Literary Review'

“A rich and monumental history, compressing into the life of this extraordinary, immensely energetic man a vivid slice of some of this century’s most important social and artistic history.”
MARK ARCHER, 'Financial Times'

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