Dame Barbara Hepworth Bicentric Form 1949

Artwork details

Artist
Title
Bicentric Form
Date 1949
Medium Limestone
Dimensions Object: 1587 x 483 x 311 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1950
Reference
N05932
Not on display

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Explaining its title, Hepworth described this work as 'a fusion of two figures into one sculptural entity'. She saw it as a development from works made up of separate elements, such as Three Forms, 1935 (on display in this room). More specifically, it grew out of the drawings she made of interlocking figures. This fusion of figures could be seen as a symbolic expression of her interest in individual and social relationships. One writer described such carvings as 'unmistakably archetypal',relating them to the ancient standing stones near Hepworth's home in Cornwall.

August 2004