Dame Barbara HepworthOval Sculpture (No. 2) 1943, cast 1958

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Dame Barbara Hepworth (1903‑1975)
Oval Sculpture (No. 2)
Date 1943, cast 1958
MediumPlaster on wooden base
Dimensionsobject: 293 x 400 x 255 mm
Acquisition Presented by the artist 1967
Not on display

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In the 1930s Barbara Hepworth and her husband Ben Nicholson were members of the London-based avant-garde. Shortly before the outbreak of war they moved to Cornwall with their children. Running a nursery school and living in cramped conditions reduced Hepworth's output of sculpture to a minimum. In 1943, the family moved to larger accommodation with studio space. Hepworth's abstract forms, which seem akin to caves and shells, were affected by the Cornish landscape. Her response to nature was not romantic or mystical but more firmly based on actual observation. Circles and spheres had dominated her work… (read more)

August 2004

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