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Barbara Hepworth © Bowness. Photo: Kettle's Yard


Turning Form, 1957

Barbara Hepworth
Pen and ink on paper
360 x 250 mm
[BH 4]
On display

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Born 1903 – Died 1975

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This drawing shares the title with one of two sculptures made by Barbara Hepworth for the 1951 Festival of Britain, to be sited by Fry, Drew & Partners’ Thames-side Restaurant. Despite the six-year gap, the drawing and sculpture have formal associations, making it possible that the former deliberately recalled the latter. The sculpture has rising curved planes from which curved areas have been cut. From certain angles these appear to reach a point where they meet the profile of the curve. These qualities seem to be recalled in the drawing, where the planes are described by swift ink arcs meeting at points. The sculpture matched its name by being mounted on a rotating, motor-driven plinth. Even this is implicit in the drawing, where the balancing of the angled planes onto two lower points is given a sense of rotation by the lowest ink-and-wax line.



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