Art: Epstein's Baudelaire

The massive, primitive and impassioned works of Sculptor Jacob Epstein have shocked London for 30 years. Last week Londoners were not so much shocked as surprised by Epstein's latest exhibition, which consisted not of sculpture but of 37 pencil drawings displayed at Tooth's New Bond Street Galleries. They were part of a set of 60 illustrating Les Fleurs du Mal (Flowers of Evil) by the 19th-Century French poet, Charles Baudelaire. "This Bible of the modern man has long called to me," explained Sculptor Epstein.

In Baudelaire's imagination, sensuality had tragic grandeur. He lived...

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