Dame Barbara Hepworth Sculpture with Profiles 1932

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Artist
Title
Sculpture with Profiles
Date 1932
Medium Alabaster on alabaster base
Dimensions Object: 230 x 239 x 150 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Bequeathed by Mrs Helen Margaret Murray in memory of her husband Frederick Lewis Staite Murray 1992
Reference
T06520
Not on display

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All of these sculptures are carved from alabaster. The varying qualities of the same stone are immediately evident. Gaudier-Brzeska used gilding (now discoloured) to give his relief an antique quality. The softness of alabaster suits it to Hepworth's organic forms and she exploited this characteristic to incise such details as facial features and abstract patterns.

August 2004

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