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

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CHAPTER NINE
PAST AND PRESENT
MICHAEL ANGELO AND DONATELLO -- RODIN -- BRAN
CUSI -- MODIGLIANI -- MAILLOL -- GAUDIER-BRZESKA --
HENRY MOORE

[ Jacob Epstein is an extraordinarily keen critic both of painting and sculpture with a very wide knowledge and a Catholic taste that allows him to enjoy the best of every period and to find beauty in the most unexpected places. It was he who first pointed out to me the beauties of a recumbent nymph by Canova in the Victoria and Albert Museum; "a work that Ingres would have loved."

Our conversations have covered nearly every phase of art. Epstein is never dogmatic, and is well able to appreciate the other man's point of view. When he rails against Academism he is always careful to underline exactly what he means.

"It is just a handy term to include a certain type of artist; like all terms of this kind it is rather vague, but you know what I mean. Many admirable artists have been academicians. I admit the raison d'être

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