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© Sculpture by Barbara Hepworth / Bowness<br/>    Picture: Lachenmann/Bruchhaus, Munich<br />

Barbara Hepworth

Born 1903 in Wakefield, UK
Died 1975 in St. Ives (Cornwall), UK

Rock Form (Porthcurno), 1964

245 x 110 x 53 cm

Barbara Hepworth is one of the leading British abstract sculptors of the 20th century. Together with Henry Moore, she learned to model and work stone and wood. Although initially inspired by the human figure, all of Hepworth's work after 1934 was abstract. In 1955 and 1959 she took part in the newly established documenta art fair in Kassel.

Barbara Hepworth, together with her husband, Ben Nicholson, and Henry Moore formed the heart of the abstract movement in England during the 1930s. In 1931/32, the first hollow forms, the "pierced forms", appeared in her works. The opening of the shape and the penetration of matter by negative forms, to be understood as an equal part of the sculpture, was an important element of her style of sculptural work. One example is the bronze sculpture, "Rock Form (Porthcurno)".

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