Sir Jacob Epstein (British/American 1880-1959)
Pencil and watercolour on paper
Signed `Epstein’ (lower left)
11.1/4 x 9.1/2 in. (28.6 x 24.2 cm.)
Provenance: Christie’s London
Sir Jacob Epstein, though born in the USA, discovered his artistic identity in London in 1905. In his maturity he is recognised as one of the most original and important sculptors of the 20th Century . Few artists understand the human form as well as Epstein in modern British art. Frequently with portrait painters, their best works are of familiar subjects. Sunita is most definitely one of Epstein’s most important muses. He first met Amina Patel (known as Sunita) and Marian (her sister) at the British Empire Exhibition in 1924 at Wembley. Both hailed from Kashmir. Sunita modelled for Epstein from 1926 for a series of pencil studies initially and then for a number of sculptures, some of which were life size such as Mother and Child 1926 (Riverside Church, New York). This watercolour is a fantastic example, in very good condition and is beautifully framed.