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Barbara Hepworth, January 10, 1903

Posted On: Mar 2, 2021   |   Posted By: Chez Namaste Nancy

Barbara Hepworth, January 10, 1903

Born in Wakefield, Yorkshire in 1903. Barbara Hepworth was a sculptor and a leading figure in both British sculpture as well as the international art scene.
Hepworth studied at Leeds school of Art from 1920-1921 alongside fellow Yorkshire-born artist Henry Moore. Both students continued their studies in sculpture at the Royal College of Art in London. Both became leading practitioners of the avant-garde method of Direct Carving (working directly in to the chosen material) avoiding the more traditional process of making preparatory models and maquettes from which a craftsman would produce the finished work. She moved toward greater and greater abstract forms. creating work that was also tactile and sensuous.
From 1924 Hepworth spent two years in Italy, and in 1925 married her first husband, the artist John Skeaping , in Florence; their marriage was to last until 1931. But it was never an easy marriage; Skeaping was self indulgent and charming but feckless, and found Hepworth's fierce drive frightening and...

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