Dame Barbara Hepworth, the British sculptor yesterday (Friday) opened an exhibition of her works in London's Marlborough Gallery.
Dame Barbara Hepworth, the British sculptor yesterday (Friday) opened an exhibition of her works in London's Marlborough Gallery. On show were 39 sculptures, 5 paintings, 12 screenprints and 12 lithographs - only eleven of the total done before 1968.
The famous smooth, cool shapes and massive sizes of the Hepworth sculptures were epitomized by such works as 7 1/2-foot (2.28 meters) "Two Forms-Divided Circle" and the 8-foot (2.44 metres) "Two figures", done in 1969 and 1968 respectively.
Proving, however, that she is not limited to huge sizes - Dame Barbara is exhibiting table pieces like the woodstone, marble and slate "Pierced Hemisphere wish a cluster of Stones" - only 13 inches (33 cms) in height. Or the 18 3/4-inch (47.5-cms) bronze entitled "Horizontal Form".
The earliest of her works in this exhibition is "Ascending Form" - a 75-inch (1.90 cms) bronze which she sculpted in 1958.
Typifying the wonderfully-textured work which she produces from wood, Dame Barbara presents the massive "River form" - 74-inches (1.88 cms) of American walnut.
Back to bronze - this time laced with twine - for the not-usual medium-sized "Spring", only 30 1/2 inches (77 cms) high.
Continuing to show her versatility in her choice of materials, the sculptor also exhibits several works in Marble and Slate - such as the 29 1/2 inch (75-cms) "Two Forms - Apolima."
Dame Barbara, whose work reflects the fact that her father was civil engineer with whom she used to travel visiting road and bridge-works, once said of her impressive work-style; "It's not a question of berate strength, but of rhythm, Brute strength never produced good sculpture. You have to be fit and get a good rhythm going, I find it very nourishing and relaxing." And evidently this is so - having just celebrated her 67th Birthday she shows no signs of slowing down the volume and the quality of the works which she has been producing since the early 20s.