Dame Barbara HepworthDrawing for 'Sculpture with Colour' (Forms with Colour) 1941

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Dame Barbara Hepworth (1903‑1975)
Drawing for 'Sculpture with Colour' (Forms with Colour)
Date 1941
MediumGouache, oil paint and graphite on paper
Dimensionssupport: 217 x 392 mm frame: 273 x 450 x 25 mm
Acquisition Accepted by HM Government in lieu of tax and allocated to the Tate Gallery 1995
Not on display

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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… (read more)

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