Dame Barbara Hepworth1903-1975
T07010 Drawing for 'Sculpture with Colour' (Forms with Colour) 1941
Gouache, oil and pencil on paper
217 x 392 (8 1/2 x 15 3/8)
Inscribed in pencil 'Barbara Hepworth 1941' b.r.
Inscribed on back of mount in pencil 'Drawing for "Sculpture with Colour" | Barbara Hepworth 1941'; inscribed on backing board in another hand 'To be returned to | JOHN SUMMERSON | 38 Eton Rise | Haverstock Hill | London NW3'
Accepted by the Commissioners of the Inland Revenue in lieu of tax and allocated 1995
Purchased from the artist by Sir John Summerson by 1943
Exhibition of Paintings, Sculpture and Drawings by Paul Nash and Barbara Hepworth, Temple Newsam, Leeds, April-June 1943 (107, as Forms with Colour)
Forms with Colouris one of a considerable number of two-dimensional abstract works made by Barbara Hepworth during World War Two. Though often referred to as drawings, these may be described more accurately as paintings. In 1946, Hepworth distinguished them from her working sketches, which she characterised as 'scribble[d] sections of form or lines on bits of scrap paper or cigarette boxes': 'I do spend whole periods of time entirely in drawing (or painting, as I use colour) when I search for forms and rhythms and curvatures for my own satisfaction…