11 June 2020

Late lunch talk: Virile bodies in modern sculpture

Our Being Human exhibition explores how artists in the 20th century sculpted the human figure.

From Rodin’s followers to the post-war ‘Geometry of Fear’ artists, they all sought to convey human emotions in their work.

Our Being Human exhibition begins with work by the émigré modernists Jacob Epstein and Henri Gaudier-Brzeska who helped to shape the language of 20th century British sculpture. Both were influenced by Rodin and both had a passion for world cultures.

This talk will focus on how Epstein and Gaudier-Brzeska sculpted ‘virile bodies’ and the ‘rhythms of life’. They created new ideas around beauty and the body, and influenced the other artists in the show.

The exhibition features works on paper which we may discuss too…

Speaker: Julia Carver, curator of modern and contemporary art

How to take part

This free, online workshop will be held over Zoom. Please book your place below. Details of how to join the session will be in your registration email. Please check your spam folder if the email does not arrive. Bookings close at 11am on Thursday 11 June.

Although this talk is free, we would be grateful if you could consider making a donation.

Please visit the Zoom website for guidance on joining meetings. Please allow extra time before the talk begins to make sure everything is working correctly. It’s up to you whether you turn on your video but all guests will be muted once the talk begins. You are welcome to ask questions in the chat box throughout the talk.

If you would like to talk to a member of the team either before or after the talk, please contact