Thursday, 25 June 2015

Barbara Hepworth: Sculpture for a Modern World

Tate Britain currently shows a major retrospective exhibition of  Dame Jocelyn Barbara Hepworth's work, who was an English artist and sculptor and achieved international prominence in the 20th century in British modernism. 
During her early studies in the 1920s at the Leeds School of Art, she was awarded a county major scholarship to study sculpture at the Royal College of Art, London. She graduated in 1924 and was awarded a further scholarship for one year's study abroad and went to Italy where she stayed for two years. She lived first in Florence and then Rome where she learned the traditional Italian technique of marble carving.

Pelagos, 1946, part painted wood and strings

She had begun to use bronze in the mid 1950s, and for the remainder of her career she divided her work between direct carving in wood or stone, and creating sculpture to be cast in bronze. The use of bronze also enabled Hepworth to work on an increased scale and during the 1960s she embarked on ambitious sculptural pieces and major public commissions. Maquette for Winged Figure, 1957, was  eventually enlarged for one of her best known and most prominent commissions for the John Lewis Partnership building on Oxford Street, London, inaugurated in April 1963.

Maquette for Winged Figure commission for John Lewis

At Alfies you will find sculptural pieces for the home, whether it be in the form of a chandelier, mirror, bookends or just simply a work of art....

1970s cast bronze swan bookends, offered by Travers Antiques

Sculptural Sciolari Flush Mount Pendant, offered by The Moderns

1960s Steel Wall Sculpture, offered by Matt Mitchell London

Austrian Art Deco candle holder designed by Richard Rohac, offered by Robinson Antiques

Geometric abstract sculpture, offered by The Moderns

Starburst Mirror, offered by Louise Verber

Barbara Hepworth: Sculpture for a Modern World at Tate Britain, 24 June – 25 October 2015

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