Barbara Hepworth  (British, 1903-1975) 

Barbara Hepworth (British, 1903–1975) is considered one of the most significant British sculptors of the 20th century. Her work is influenced by her lifelong association with Henry Moore, another of Britain’s notable modernist sculptors, who she met while attending the Leeds School of Art in 1920. She was awarded a diploma from the Royal College of Art in 1924, and later studied art in Italy. In addition to her extensive technical training, her work is inspired by her childhood fascination with organic systems and textures; over the course of her career, she moved from sculpting biomorphic forms to pure abstraction. Her abstract works reflect the relationship between volume and space, often through hollow interior spaces that disrupt smooth surface textures. Hepworth received many prestigious awards and public commissions, the most notable of which is the Single Form, a memorial to Dag Hammarskjold at the United Nations in New York. In 1968, Hepworth had a solo exhibition at the Tate Gallery in London, and another in 1972 at Marlborough Fine Art, London. Barbara Hepworth was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1965, 10 years before she died in a fire in her studio at age 72. In 1994, the Tate Liverpool exhibited a retrospective of her work which travelled to the Yale Center for British Art in New Haven, Connecticut, and the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto. Hepworth’s work is in collections worldwide, including the Barbara Hepworth Museum built on the site of her former studio in St. Ives, Cornwall, the Hepworth Wakefield museum in Wakefield, the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, and the Tate Modern, in London.

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Barbara Hepworth, Summer Dance


Barbara Hepworth
Summer Dance

Auction: Apr 30, 2014
Dallas Auction Gallery
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Barbara Hepworth, Maquette for Large Sculpture: Three Forms (Two Circles)


Barbara Hepworth
Maquette for Large Sculpture: Three Forms (Two Circles)

Hazlitt Holland-Hibbert
Barbara Hepworth, Fragment


Barbara Hepworth

Goldmark Gallery
Barbara Hepworth, Nude Threading a needle


Barbara Hepworth
Nude Threading a needle

Beaux Arts
Barbara Hepworth, Fragment


Barbara Hepworth

Peter Harrington
Barbara Hepworth, Oval with Two Forms


Barbara Hepworth
Oval with Two Forms

Jenna Burlingham Fine Art
Barbara Hepworth, Stringed Figure (Curlew) (Version I)


Barbara Hepworth
Stringed Figure (Curlew) (Version I)

Richard Green
Barbara Hepworth, Delphi (Stone Form)


Barbara Hepworth
Delphi (Stone Form)

New Art Centre
Barbara Hepworth, Oval with Two Forms


Barbara Hepworth
Oval with Two Forms

New Art Centre
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Barbara Hepworth, Moonplay


Barbara Hepworth
Moonplay, 1972
color screenprint


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Barbara Hepworth, Three forms ascending


Barbara Hepworth
Three forms ascending, 1969
color lithograph


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Barbara Hepworth, Maquette (Variation on a theme)


Barbara Hepworth
Maquette (Variation on a theme), 1958


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1903   Born in Yorkshire
1903   Born in Wakefield, Yorkshire, England
1920 - 1921   Trained at Leeds School of Art
1921 - 1924   Trained at the Royal College of Art in London
1925   Married sculptor John Skeaping
1924 - 1926   Lived and worked in Rome, Italy, with her first husband, the sculptor John Skeaping
1924 - 1926   Studied at the British School, Rome, studied carving under Ardini
1926   Hepworth and Skeaping returned to London and became involved with the London Group and the 7 & 5 Society, and became key figures in the new direct carving movement
1930 - 1933   Met, and later married, Ben Nicholson. The two pioneered a move towards abstraction in, respectively, sculpture and painting.
1933   Divorced sculptor John Skeaping
1933 - 1935   worked with Abstraction-Creation group, Paris, and Unit One, London
1935   Joined Astraction-Création and was also member of Unit One
1930 - 1936   member, 7 x 5 Society, London
1936   On the outbreak of World War II, moved to St Ives in Cornwall where she remained for the rest of her life
1936   Married Ben Nicholson
1929 - 1939   Lived in Hampstead, England
1939 - 1945   owned and operated nursery school and market garden, St. Ives
1949   co-founder, with Naum Gabo, Bernard Leach and others, Penwith Society of Arts, St. Ives
1951   Divorced Ben Nicholson
1951   Gold Medal, Hoffman Wood Trust, Leeds
1958   Honorary member, American Academy of Arts and Letters, 1973
1959   Grand Prize, Bienal, São Paulo
1960   Grand Prix, Prefecture des Alpes-Maritimes, Nice
1960   Honorary degree University of Birmingham
1961   Honorary degree University of Leeds
1963   Foreign Minister's Award, Tokyo Biennal
1965   Made a Dame of the British Empire
1966   Honorary degree University of Exeter
1968   Honorary degree Oxford University
1968   Honorary fellow, St. Anne's College, Oxford
1970   Honorary degree London University
1970   Senior Fellow, Royal College of Art London
1975   Died in St. Ives, Cornwall, England
2009   "Moore, Hepworth, Nicholson: A Nest of Gentle Artists in the 1930's" Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery, Norwich, England (group)
Graves Gallery, Sheffield, England (group)
"Marble" Gagosian Gallery, New York, NY
2008   Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, England (group)
"Modernism in St. Ives" Tate St. Ives, St. Ives, Cornwall, England (group)
2006   Hayward Gallery, London (group)
2006   Musee des Beaux-Arts, Nancy, France (solo)
2005   Hazlitt Holland-Hibbert, London (solo)
2004   Institut Valencia d'Art Modern, Valencia, Spain (solo)
2003   Pace Wildenstein, New York, NY (group)
New Art Center, Roche Court, East Winterslow, Salisbury
Wakefield Art Gallery
"Barbara Hepworth Centenary" Tate St. Ives and Yorkshire Sculpture Park (solo)
2002   Pace Wildenstein, New York, NY (group)
2001 - 2002   New Art Center, Roche Court, East Winterslow, Salisbury (solo)
2001   "Barbara Hepworth: Stone Sculpture" Pace Wildenstein, New York, NY (solo)
"Hepworth by the Sea," De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea (solo)
1998   Pace Wildenstein, New York, NY (group)
1997 - 1998   Pace Wildenstein, New York, NY (group)
1996   "Barbara Hepworth: Sculptures from the Estate" Wildenstein & Company, New York, NY (solo)
1994 - 1995   Tate Gallery, Liverpool and travelling to Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, and Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto
1991 - 1992   Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto
1988   "The Non-Objective World Revisited," Annely Juda Fine Art, London (group)
1987 - 1988   Wakefield Art Gallery, Wakefield, Yorkshire, England (solo)
1985   Elizabeth Exhibition Gallery, Wakefield, Yorkshire (solo)
1982   Marlborough Fine Art, London (solo)
1980   Yorkshire Sculptural Park, Breton Hall, near Wakefield (solo)
1979   Marlborough Gallery, New York (solo)
Marlborough Gallery, London (solo)
1978   Scottish College of Textiles, Galashiels (toured Scotland) (solo)
1977   Burleighfield International Arts Centre, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire (solo)
1976   Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh (solo)
1975   Gimpel Fils, London (solo)
William Darby, London (solo)
Marlborough Gallery, Zurich (solo)
1973   University of Exeter (solo)
1972   Marlborough Fine Art, London (solo)
Gimpel Fils, London (solo)
1971   University of Texas Art Museum, Austin (solo)
1970   Hakone Open-Air Museum, Kyoto (solo)
Abbotsholme, Uttoxeter, Staffordshire (toured the U.K.)
1969   Curwen Gallery, London (solo)
Gimpel and Weitzenhoffer, New York (solo)
1968   Tate Gallery, London (solo)
1966   Marlborough Gerson Gallery, New York (solo)
1965   Galleria Civica d'Arte Moderna, Turin (solo)
Rijksmuseum Kröller-Müller, Otterlo, Netherlands (toured Europe) (solo)
1964   Moderna Museet, Stockholm (toured Scandinavia, 1964-65) (solo)
1963   Gimpel-Hanover Galerie, Zurich (solo)
1962   Whitechapel Art Gallery, London (solo)
1961   Gimpel Fils, London (solo)
1960   Galerie Charles Lienhard, Zurich (solo)
1959   Bienal, São Paulo (toured South America)
Galerie Chalette, New York (solo)
1958   Gimpel Fils, London (solo)
Leeds City Art Gallery (solo)
1956   Gimpel Fils, London (solo)
1955   Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (toured the United States and Canada, 1955-56) (solo)
1954   Whitechapel Art Gallery, London (solo)
Martha Jackson Gallery, New York (solo)
1952   Reid and Lefevre Gallery, London (solo)
1951   Wakefield City Art Gallery, Yorkshire (travelled to the Manchester City Art Gallery)
1950   Biennale, Venice (solo)
Penwith Society of Arts, St. Ives (with Ben Nicholson and Victor Pasmore)
Reid and Lefevre Gallery, London (solo)
1949   Durlacher Brothers, New York (solo)
1948   Reid and Lefevre Gallery, London (solo)
1946   Reid and Lefevre Gallery, London (solo)
1944   Wakefield City Art Gallery, Yorkshire (travelled to the Bankfield Museum, Halifax) (solo)
1943   Temple Newsam, Leeds (with Paul Nash)
1937   Reid and Lefevre Gallery, London (solo)
1933   Reid and Lefevre Gallery, London (with Ben Nicholson)
1932   Tooths Gallery, London (with Ben Nicholson)
1930   Tooths Gallery, London (with John Skeaping)
1928   Beaux Arts Gallery, London (with John Skeaping and William Norman)