A simple blog post to share pictures of Barbara Hepworth’s sculpture, some were taken at the major centenary exhibition at Yorkshire Sculpture park in 2003, others were taken last week at the new Hepworth Gallery in Wakefield.
My favourite of all is “pelagos”
Inside the big windows give lovely light and great views.
The rooms with most of my favourite sculptures in had no photography allowed but some rooms did allow photography.
More from the 2003 exhibition
I find Hepworth’s pierced forms particularly satisfying, from every angle they work with multiple intersecting lines all of which are sweet. Ten years ago I went through a phase of carving pierced forms inspired by her work and making them gives you a better understanding of them. It’s interesting that whilst she clearly understood stone well she did not understand wood. She had spent time with quarrymen at the carera marble quarries to get her understanding of stone but at the time she was working the knowledge of how to work large pieces of timber working with the natural strengths and weaknesses had pretty well died out in the UK. This meant she continually blamed the timber saying she could not get the right size pieces in the right state and was frustrated by splits appearing at places that disrupted the sculpture. Had she carved Pelagos with grain aligned 90 degrees to the line she chose she would not have had to worry about filling cracks. Her eye for form however was great.
I was rather taken by this little sculpture. The entrance to the new Hepworth gallery is via a walkway across the river. It overlooks a fine boat repair yard and the folk there have put this sculpture together from old buoys and the crane dangles it by the footway.