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1957

Hepworth, Barbara
Many of Barbara Hepworth's sculptures refer directly to her home landscape of Cornwall. However, in 1954 she visited Greece and was struck by the solitude of the landscape. She made a series of drawings at locations such as Delphi, Delos and Mycenae for new sculptures. Hepworth spoke of the resultant forms that she created as her 'experience' of the place. In its careful rendering, 'Icon' smoothly conveys the experience of its inspiration, as well as of its making. It is carved from solid mahogany and smoothed to a lustrous trademark shine. Wood and stone carving were processes essential to Barbara Hepworth's sculptural work. She found that harder materials presented both resistance and character to be grappled with. Marianne Mulvey
  • Artwork Details: 45.7 x 35.6 x 30.5cm
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  • Material description: wood
  • Credit line: © Bowness, Hepworth Estate
  • Theme: Abstract
  • Medium: Sculpture
  • Accession number: ACC3/1958

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