Dame Barbara Hepworth
Pelagos 1946

Artwork details

Date 1946
Medium Elm and strings on oak base
Dimensions Object: 430 x 460 x 385 mm, 15.2 kg
Acquisition Presented by the artist 1964
On loan to Kröller-Müller Museum (Otterlo, The Netherlands)

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Pelagos ('sea' in Greek) was inspired by a view of the bay at St Ives in Cornwall, where two arms of land enfold the sea on either side. The hollowed-out wood has a spiral formation resembling a shell, a wave or the roll of a hill. Hepworth wanted the taut strings to express 'the tension I felt between myself and the sea, the wind or the hills'. She moved to Cornwall with her husband Ben Nicholson in 1939, and produced some of her finest sculpture in its wild landscape.

July 2007

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