barbara hepworth

oxford street John Lewis
Hepworth was born in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, attended Wakefield Girls High School, and studied at the Leeds School of Art (where she met Moore) and the Royal College of Art. She later studied for a period in Italy.

Barbara Hepworth is one of the most significant sculptors and artists of the 20th century. Her work exemplifies Modernism and along with her contemporaries in England such as Ivon Hitchens, Henry Moore, Ben Nicholson, Naum Gabo and others she helped to develop modern art (sculpture in particular) immeasurably.

One of her most prestigious works is Single Form, in memory of Dag Hammarskjöld, at the United Nations building in New York City.


Hepworth's first marriage was to the sculptor John Skeaping. Her second marriage was to the painter Ben Nicholson. They married in 1938 and divorced in 1951.

She was made a Dame in 1965, ten years before her death during a fire in her St Ives studio in Cornwall, aged seventy-two. The studio and her home now form the Barbara Hepworth Museum.

As well as at the Barbara Hepworth Museum, more of Hepworth's work will be on display at The Hepworth, a museum currently under construction in Wakefield. An opening in 2009 is anticipated. Her work may also be seen at St. Catherine's College, Oxford, the School of Music at Cardiff University, the Yorkshire Sculpture Park in West Bretton, West Yorkshire; Clare College, Churchill College and New Hall, Cambridge; Snape Maltings, Snape, Suffolk; and on view in or attached to the John Lewis department store, part of the John Lewis Partnership, in Oxford Street (see picture); and Kenwood House, both in London. Her 1966 work "Construction (Crucifixion): Homage to Mondrian" can be seen in the grounds of Winchester Cathedral next to the The Pilgrims' School. The Tate Gallery owns many of her works. In The Netherlands, the Kroller-Mueller museum also owns several of her sculptures. "Curved Form (Trevalgan)" (1956) which stood in Margaret Gardiner's rear garden in Hampstead is now at the Pier Art Gallery in Stromness together with 67 other works donated by Gardiner. Trevalgan was Hepworth's first entire bronze form

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