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Epstein, Jacob (1880-1959)
by Scholes, Robert

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Jacob Epstein (1880 - 1959)

Some say he was born in Brooklyn. Some say he was born in Manhattan. Most say that Epstein's parents were Polish refugees living in New York's Lower East Side. He studied art there as a teenager, sketching the city, and joined The Art Students League of New York in 1900. Then he worked in a bronze foundry by day, studying drawing and sculptural modeling at night. Moving to Europe in 1902, he studied in Paris at the Académie Julian and the École des Beaux-Arts, where Auguste Rodin taught him. He settled in London in 1905, and a few years later became a British Citizen. He was a leader in the modernist movement, and his image, Rockdrill, appeared in T. E. Hulme's series of "Modern Drawings" inThe New Age for December 25, 1913 NA 14.8:256.

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