Dame Barbara Hepworth Pierced Hemisphere II 1937–8

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Pierced Hemisphere II
Date 1937–8
Medium Hoptonwood stone on Portland stone base
Dimensions Object: 435 x 380 x 380 mm, 50 kg
Acquisition Accepted by HM Government in lieu of inheritance tax and allocated to Tate 2004

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Though purely geometrical as its name suggests, the form of this sculpture has some lingering associations with shells. It was made within a year by Hepworth for friends to place in their garden in Cornwall, and was displayed outdoors for many years until being acquired by Tate in 2004. Hepworth’s skill as a carver is exemplified by the spiral on the outside of the sculpture, which begins with a sharp edge, gradually softening as it proceeds, and finishes as a curved edge.

April 2012

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