Dame Barbara Hepworth Three Forms 1935

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Artist
Title
Three Forms
Date 1935
Medium Serravezza marble on marble base
Dimensions Object: 210 x 532 x 343 mm, 23 kg
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by Mr and Mrs J.R. Marcus Brumwell 1964
Reference
T00696
On display at Tate Britain
Room: 1930

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In 1934 Barbara Hepworth's abstraction
based on the human figure gave way to an art of pure form. With such works as Three Forms she reduced her sculpture
to the most simple shapes and eradicated almost all colour. She said later that she was 'absorbed in the relationships in space, in size and texture and weight,
as well as the tensions between forms'. While the three elements are slightly imperfect in shape, their sizes and the spaces between them are precisely proportional to each other. This reflects her concern with the craft of hand-carving and with harmonious arrangement
of form.

September 2004