Dame Barbara Hepworth Touchstone 1969

Artwork details

Artist
Title
Touchstone
Date 1969
Medium Irish marble on oak base
Dimensions Object: 820 x 530 x 433 mm, 167 kg
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Bequeathed by the artist 1976
Reference
T02016
Not on display

Display caption

This sculpture is unusual because Hepworth made very few single upright forms in the 1960s, especially unpierced. Stylistically, there are links with her 'Torso' carvings of the 1920s, particularly a black marble 'Torso' from 1927 which is in a private collection. The artist believed that sculpture was 'something you experience through your senses, but it's also a life-giving, purposeful force.' As with 'Two Figures (Menhirs)', also in this display, the work appears to have a sacred and mysterious significance that is further enhanced by its title.

August 2004

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