Dame Barbara HepworthThree Forms (Carving in Grey Alabaster) 1935

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Artist
Dame Barbara Hepworth (1903‑1975)
Title
Three Forms (Carving in Grey Alabaster)
Date 1935
MediumAlabaster on marble base
Dimensionsobject: 265 x 473 x 217 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by the executors of the artist's estate 1980
Reference
T03131

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In 1932 Hepworth travelled with Ben Nicholson to France and there visited the studios of Brancusi, Giacometti and Arp. With its emphasis on primary shapes 'Three Forms' reveals the influence of Brancusi in particular on Hepworth's work after her return to England. Hepworth began work on this piece after the birth of her triplets, two girls and a boy, on 3 October 1934. She later said of her work in this period, 'I was absorbed in the relationships in space ... and in the tensions between the forms'.

March 1997

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