'Professor Albert Einstein', Jacob Epstein

'Professor Albert Einstein' bust

The theories of the German-born, Jewish physicist Albert Einstein (1879-1955) revolutionised scientists’ understanding of the universe at the beginning of the 20th century. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for physics in 1921, and became a symbol of the modern scientific age.

In 1933 Einstein fled from Nazi Germany. He sat for this bust, an outstanding example of Epstein’s 'celebrity portraiture’, at a Cromer refugee camp in 1933. The sculptor later recalled the occasion: “Einstein appeared dressed very comfortably in a pullover with his wild hair floating on the wind. His glance contained a mixture of the humane, the humorous and the profound. This was a combination that delighted me. He resembled the ageing Rembrandt.”

Bronze, modelled in 1933
Purchased in 1948 (No. 387)

External Links

'Albert Einstein', Jacob Epstein, Tate Collection
| 'Albert Einstein', Jacob Epstein, The Fitzwilliam Museum|