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Barbara Hepworth

Spring (Plaster)

1903 – 1975

Spring (Plaster)
Plaster with strings
76.8 x 58.7 x 54.2 cm
Presented by the artist’s daughters, Rachel Kidd and Sarah Bowness, through the Trustees of the Barbara Hepworth Estate and the Art Fund © Bowness. Photography Jerry Hardman-Jones

Spring was cast from an elmwood carving, Oval Form with Strings and Colour, that Hepworth had completed in 1965. Its rounded egg-like form is juxtaposed by the tense elements of the strings that cut through the centre. This contrast between hard and soft, curves and lines, solids and voids is a quintessential aspect of Hepworth’s abstraction.

A bronze version was cast from this plaster with a green-blue patina on the interior, while this work has a white interior that may have been smoothed down after casting.

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