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Hepworth first introduced colour into her sculptures in 1937, likening the painted concavities to caves and the depth of water. In this sculpture, the use of white emphasises the inner structure of the work, presenting a marked contrast to the rhythm of the wood grain on the outer surface. As with all her work, it demonstrates the artist's instinctive feel for her material. She wrote that 'there are essential stone shapes and essential wood shapes which are impossible for me to disregard.' There is a bronze version of this work entitled 'Elegy III', a cast of which is in the Kröller-Müller Museum in Holland.

August 2004