Dame Barbara Hepworth Two Figures (Menhirs) 1964

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Artist
Title
Two Figures (Menhirs)
Date 1964
Medium Slate on wooden base
Dimensions Object: 825 x 638 x 320 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1964
Reference
T00703

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The title conflates Hepworth's recurrent theme of two figures in harmonious conjunction with her interest in the ancient standing stones that can be seen in the landscape around St Ives. Appropriately, this work is carved from Cornish slate. The artist's first slate sculptures were carved from the bed of an old billiards table. The larger figure contains a striking fossil, which was created by a small creature swimming through the silt that solidified, preserving the pattern of eddying mud in the stone.

August 2004

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