Barbara Hepworth, 1903–1975, UK

Dame Barbara Hepworth, 'Orpheus (Maquette 2) (Version II)' 1956, edition 1959

Dame Barbara Hepworth
Orpheus (Maquette 2) (Version II) 1956, edition 1959
Brass and cotton string
object: 1149 x 432 x 415 mm
Presented by the artist 1967© Bowness, Hepworth Estate

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Barbara Hepworth is one of the most significant British artists of the twentieth century. A sculptor who helped to develop modern art in Britain, abstraction became the abiding direction of her work, epitomized by the pioneering piercing of the block.

She first came to live in Cornwall with her husband Ben Nicholson and their young family at the outbreak of war in 1939. She lived and worked in Trewyn studios, now the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden, from 1949 until her death in 1975.

The seven sculptures by Hepworth, included here, have been specially selected and curated by the artist Linder