Who was Google Doodle subject Barbara Hepworth?


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    Dame Jocelyn Barbara Hepworth was a Modernist sculptor born in Wakefield in 1903, and was among very few female artists of her time who were able to gain an international reputation.

    Critic Herbert Read once said of her art: ‘In these works this brave and indefatigable woman transcends the difficulties and ugliness of modern life and evokes a vision of radiant calm perfection.’

    Hepworth won a scholarship to study at the Leeds School of Art from 1920, and soon after won a county scholarship to attend London’s Royal College of Art from 1921 until 1924.

    After she graduated from the RCA, Hepworth was the runner-up for the Prix-de-Rome, a scholarship for art students which her future husband and fellow sculptor John Skeaping won.

    They went on to travel together, married in Florence in 1925 and had a son, Paul (who died in 1953), in 1929 before their eventual separation.

    Hepworth began to work closely with painter Ben Nicholson in the early 30s and the pair developed a romantic relationship.

    In 1934, they had triplets together and in 1938 they were married. The couple stayed together until their 1951 divorce.

    On the subject of being an artist and a mother, Hepworth once said: ‘A woman artist is not deprived by cooking and having children, nor by nursing children with measles (even in triplicate) – one is in fact nourished by this rich life, provided one always does some work each day; even a single half hour, so that the images grow in one’s mind.’

    Hepworth worked right up until her death in 1975 at the age of 72, when she perished in a fire in her studio in Trewyn.

    The Tate website sums up her artistic style by saying: ‘Though concerned with form and abstraction, Hepworth’s art was primarily about relationships: not merely between two forms presented side-by-side, but between the human figure and the landscape, colour and texture, and most importantly between people at an individual and social level.’

    Hepworth herself once said: ‘I think every sculpture must be touched, it’s part of the way you make it and it’s really our first sensibility, it is the sense of feeling, it is first one we have when we’re born.

    ‘I think every person looking at a sculpture should use his own body. You can’t look at a sculpture if you are going to stand stiff as a ram rod and stare at it, with as sculpture you must walk around it, bend toward it, touch it and walk away from it.’

    SOURCE: https://www.w24news.com

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