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Barbara Hepworth
Elm and strings on oak base

430 x 460 x 385 mm

Tate Britain

Excerpt from Tate Britain:

Pelagos (sea in Greek) was inspired by a view of the bay at St. Ives in Cornwall, where two arms of land enfold the sea on either side. The hollowed-out wood has a spiral formation resembling a shell, a wave or the roll of a hill. Hepworth wanted the taut strings to express "the tension I felt between myself and the sea, the wind or the hills". She moved to Cornwall with her husband Ben Nicholson in 1939, and produced some of her finest sculpture in its wild landscape.

Image © Bowness, Hepworth Estate

Artists Biography


Dame Barbara Hepworth, British, 1903–1975
b. January 10, 1903, Wakefield, England
d. 1975

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