Artist of the moment……….Barbara Hepworth

 

Barbara Hepworth was a British painter renown for her abstract style. Jocelyn Barbara Hepworth was born in Wakefield, West Riding of Yorkshire, England in the year 1903. The artist attended the Leeds School of Art and also the Royal College of Art.

Hepworth worked a majority of her career as a sculptor. A collegiate classmate named Henry Moore would be crucial in her development in the modernist movement. Moore has been profiled here already for his modernist sculpture.

Hepworth was married to a fellow sculptor named John Skeaping. After divorcing she then remarried artist Ben Nicholson. Though this marriage also ended in divorce, the couple did have triplets.

For much of her professional life she was based out of St. Ives, Cornwall, England.

She worked often with wood or bronze. Late in life she took up printmaking.

From the Tate Museum a brief biography about Barbara Hepworth:

 

Below a link to the website of Barbara Hepworth:

http://barbarahepworth.org.uk/

Hepworth passed away in 1975 at the age of 72 years of age. She was killed by a fire started by accident in her studio.

Below a montage of sculptures by Hepworth that show her creativity in developing abstract shapes:

In 2011 a public work was stolen from a location in London. The police thought the thieves wanted to sell it for scrap metal.

Price range information: Works range from $5,000 for a lithograph to $1 million for a sculpture.

It’s fun to check out the similarity of works with Hepworth and Henry Moore. Her sculpture work also reminds of the wonderful Inuit modernists.

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