Course overview

Barbara Hepworth - her life and work: discover in-depth the life and art of Barbara Hepworth, a leading artist of 20th century British and international modern art. Hepworth is one of the most celebrated British artists of the 20th century whose sculptures, drawings and prints are recognised internationally. On this short course we will explore how and why she refined her practice, in a career spanning over 50 years, and look at key examples of her sculpture in marble and bronze, as well as her drawings and prints.

Course description

Nature and natural processes were at the core of Barbara Hepworth’s seven-decade sculptural practice. Yet were her sculptures unique re-creations of landscape or embodiments of nature itself? In this illustrated lecture, Chantal Condron explores significant moments and artworks in the development of her practice, to reach a closer understanding of how Hepworth created artworks that became icons of British art. We will trace the development of Hepworth’s practice over six decades, and discover how her work was inspired by the natural world. Looking at materials and processes that she worked with; and associations she made often with repeated subjects, we will look at how her dynamic artworks came to define the century in which she lived.

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