Art: Sir Jacob

For most of his creative lifetime, Sculptor Jacob Epstein has been outraging public commentators on good taste and good morals with his lumpish, aggressively individualistic statuary. G. K. Chesterton denounced his Ecce Homo as an "insult"; the London Times called his Genesis "repellent." Such criticism has convinced Epstein that he is a persecuted, misunderstood genius, denied the recognition due to one of the world's greatest living sculptors. Last week an accolade came to Epstein which should convince him that the world now acknowledges him both as an artist and as a public figure of standing and respect. In a New Year's...

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