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Head of Pola Nirenska

Sir Jacob Epstein, British (born America), (November 10, 1880–August 19, 1959)

Creation date: 1937
Creation place: United Kingdom

Other Information

Type: Bronze Sculpture
Medium and Support: Bronze
Credit Line: Museum purchase with funds provided by the Helen M. Towle Bequest
Accession Number: 1944.32
Dimensions: 13 in. x 10 3/4 in. x 10 1/2 in. (33.02 cm x 27.31 cm x 26.67 cm)


Taylor Galleries, Beverly Hills, California ( - June 2, 1944)

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (June 2, 1944 - )

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Sculpture, Fine Arts Gallery, San Diego, 1977.
Epstein's portrait busts are excellent and are known the world over. He is adept at reading human character; his direct carving is not as expressive as his modeling and tends to be blocklike with hard angles. Born in New York, he moved to England and became a British citizen. Pola Nerenska, a famous Russian dancer, beams in this portrait with life and vibrance.
Last Updated: 5/8/2018


This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Masters of Art: From 1790 to 1950 Los Angeles County Fair Association , 9/15/1950 - 10/1/1950

Sculpture, Fine Arts Gallery, San Diego , 1/1/1977 - 4/1/1977


This object has the following bibliographic references:

Mr. Reginald Poland. A Catalogue of European Paintings, 1300-1870 San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 1947
Page Number: 11

The Fine Arts Gallery of San Diego Catalogue: San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 1960
Page Number: 19, Figure Number: 19

Dr. Alfred M. Frankfurter, ed. Art News The Art Foundation, Inc.. New York, New York, January 1, 1945-January 14, 1945
Page Number: 41

Arthur Millier. Masters of Art: Los Angeles County Fair Association. Pomona, California, 1950
Page Number: yes, Figure Number: yes


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