The Sculptor Speaks: Jacob Epstein to Arnold L. Haskell, a Series of Conversations on Art

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CHAPTER TWO
MAINLY AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL

SCULPTURE AND PAINTING -- EARLY DAYS -- PAMIS --
TILE STRAND STATUES -- THE OSCAR WILDE MEMORIAL
-- AMERICA AGAIN

A. L. H. How do you account for the fact that in the whole history of art there are so few sculptors of account to compare to the vast company of painters? It would be difficult to name ten of the front rank. There are whole periods rich in painting that have produced no sculptors at all.

EPSTEIN. The reason that there have been and are so many more painters than sculptors is largely an economic one. A painter may take a few days or weeks over a painting, and can do many drawings in one day. I myself have done as many as twenty, while with the sculptor it is a question of months or years with a very heavy outlay in materials, and far less chance of ultimate sales. A well-known English painter once told me he wished to do some sculpture, but after working many days on a block of stone without making much impression he aban

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