Spring 1964 • Vol. XXVI No. 2 Book Reviews |

Shorter Reviews: Jacob Epstein, Sculptor

Jacob Epstein, Sculptor by Richard Buckle. The World Publishing Company. $25.00. This is a rich collection of photographs picturing 446 of Epstein's 514 known works. Thus the book is a comprehensive survey of the sculptor's achievement which gives an excellent idea of his range and power. In most cases (except in that of the destroyed Strand statues), Mr. Buckle was able to have a choice of photographs or to commission new ones. It is regrettable, then, that a number of them demonstrate an arty photographer's predilection for over-dramatizing sculptured objects by means of extreme chiaroscuro. Such works as "The Angel of the Annunciation" and the portrait of Ramsay MacDonald are marred by blocked-out highlights and solid black shadow. The attempt is, of course, to give a strong idea of Epstein's fascinating surface texture, yet this could still be done in photographs that preserve some detail throughout the whole range. Nevertheless, most of the photographs are of very good

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