Nancy Rogers with her bust by Sir Jacob Epstein

1 portrait on display in Room 33 at the National Portrait Gallery

Nancy Rogers with her bust by Sir Jacob Epstein, by Ida Kar, 1955 - NPG x136759 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Nancy Rogers with her bust by Sir Jacob Epstein

by Ida Kar
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 1955
Purchased, 1999
Photographs Collection
NPG x136759


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  • Ida Kar (1908-1974), Photographer. Artist associated with 1501 portraits, Sitter in 137 portraits.

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This portrait, like many of Ida Kar's images of Epstein's studio, explores the relation of the sculptor's portrait to the sitter it depicts. Rogers' half-turned face and the graceful slope of her neck seem echoed in the sculpture. This resemblance calls to mind the myth of Pygmalion, whose clay sculpture of the perfect woman came to life. In their respective ways, Epstein and Kar both engaged in the dialogue between an observed subject and its representation as art: a shared interest reflecting one of the central concerns of Modernism.

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