Dame Barbara Hepworth, the British sculptor yesterday (Friday) opened an exhibition of her works in London's Marlborough Gallery.
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Background: 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.