Dame Barbara Hepworth
Figure (Nanjizal) 1958

Artwork details

Figure (Nanjizal)
Date 1958
Medium Yew on oakwood base
Dimensions Object: 2469 x 457 x 330 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1960
Not on display

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This sculpture is one of several related carvings made from the mid-1950s onwards. In these Hepworth explored her highly personal response to the natural environment, using abstract forms. Nanjizal is the name of a cove near St Ives, with striking arched cliff formations. However, the artist also described the sculpture as a representation of 'my sensations within myself'. Thus the work appears to suggest the qualities not only of a standing human figure, but also the contours of the cliffs and beach at Nanjizal.

September 2004