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Social Consciousness

1954 by Jacob Epstein

Social Consciousness

Social Consciousness Credit: Photo by M. McClellan for GPTMC


At the museum’s West Entrance, the elongated figures of Jacob Epstein’s Social Consciousness suggest sympathy, tenderness and sorrow for human suffering.

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The three parts of Social Consciousness are (left to right) The Great Consoler (or Compassion), The Eternal Mother (or Destiny) and Succor (or Death). Epstein was a controversial sculptor. Some critics said his distorted figures looked unnatural, while others praised them as timeless.

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