Dame Barbara Hepworth Mother and Child 1934

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Artist
Title
Mother and Child
Date 1934
Medium Cumberland alabaster on marble base
Dimensions Object: 230 x 455 x 189 mm, 11.1 kg
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased with assistance from the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1993
Reference
T06676
On display at Tate Britain
Room: 1930

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Hepworth became a member of a Paris-based group called Abstraction-Création in 1933. As her outlook became increasingly international she experimented more with abstraction, producing multi-part sculptures that reconciled natural forms with abstract shapes.

This work reflects Hepworth’s experience of motherhood – she carved it while pregnant. It also shows how she had recently developed a new range of abstract forms by carving holes into her sculptures. The critic Herbert Read thought this ‘a new venture which may succeed in redeeming art from its present triviality and insignificance’.

February 2010

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