Flenite Relief by Sir Jacob Epstein

The work has two very different sides to it - recto: Woman Clasping a Phallus/ verso: Birth.


Serpentine stone
30.5 x 28 x 9 cm
Art Fund grant:
£23,764 ( Total: £137,835)
Acquired in:
Dr M J Evans

The two sides are not meant to be read in terms of the back and front of the same object, but rather as the beginning and end of a story normally separated in time; the onset of desire and its ultimate fruits. It is a daring sculpture, not just in its subject matter, but also in its form and conception. Epstein is showing sexuality and creation on the same object but in such a way that they can never be seen together.


T E Hulme; J Epstein; Mrs G E Rogers; Epstein Estate; E P Schinman; B Dannenberg; V Steele Scott; S F Butterfield; Dr M E Evans.

Venue details

Leeds Art Gallery The Headrow, LEEDS West Yorkshire LS1 3AA 0113 3785350 www.leeds.gov.uk/artgallery

Entry details

Free to all
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