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Jacob Epstein, Kaethe Kollwitz, Louis Barye, Menen

Dalzell Hatfield Galleries

The gallery presents a selection of sculpture as well as a changing exhibition of paintings and 20th-century Aubusson tapestries. The sculpture installation is dominated by seventeen works of the late British sculptor, Sir Jacob Epstein. Mostly bronze busts of his favorite models, these are joined by a study of a child as well as a roughly academic portrait head of Rabindranath Tagore. The Princess Menen bust of 1948, even in its truncated form of a half-body frontal portrait presents an aspect of the Epstein archetypal heroic female form: a large raw-boned Eurasian/Eurafrican with flowing, richly articulated hair surrounding the neck column and touching down amongst the back shoulder blades, thus framing the taut shoulders in a motion which then throws the head up as if from the larynx. Girl from Babu partakes of this spirit as the sculptural skin lies nicely taut on the body frame.

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