Barbara Hepworth was a Twentieth Century sculptor
When and Where was She Born?
12th June 1903, Wakefield, Yorkshire, England.
Barbara Hepworth was the daughter of a County Surveyor.
Wins a Scholarship to Leeds School of Art. Royal College of Art, London.
Chronology/Biography of Dame Barbara Hepworth:
1920: Meets Henry Moore at Leeds School of Art.
1921: Hepworth moves on to the Royal Academy of Art in London.
1924: After graduating she moves to Florence to study Romanesque and early Renaissance Sculpture with her new husband John Skeaping. Moves on from Florence to Rome.
1926: Returns to London.
1928: Holds her first one-person exhibition at the Beaux Arts Gallery in London. Moves to Parkhill Road, Hempstead, London.
1932: Meets to artist Ben Nicholson and joined the “Seven and Five Society of Artists”. Produces her first pierced form sculpture.
1933: Becomes a member of the Abstraction-Creation Association. and of the “British Unit One Group”.
1934: Birth of triplets.
1935: By now all her work is abstract with the renewed influence of Nicholson now her husband.
1939: Hepworth began using colour in her work.
1940: Moved to St. Ives in Cornwall.
1949: Hepworth buys the Trewyn Studios in St. Ives.
1950: Exhibits at the Venice Biennnale.
1951: Divorce from Nicholson. She moves into the Trewyn Studios where she lives until her death. Exhibits “Contrapuntal Forms” at the Festival of Britain.
1953: Hepworth produces “The Unknown Political Prisoner”.
1954: Visits Greece.
1959: Wins the Grand Prix at the Sao Paulo Biennale for one of her Bronze works, a medium she started to use in the late 1950’s.
1962: Hepworth commissioned to do the Winged Figure on the John Lewis Building in London.
1964: Produces “Three Monoliths” in Marble.
1965: Created a Dame of the British Empire.
1924 to John Skeaping.
1933 to Ben Nicholson. (Divorced 1951).
When and Where did she Die?
20th May 1975, Trewyn Studio, St. Ives, Cornwall, England after a fire.
Age at Death:
Site of Grave:
Carbis Bay Cemetery, Cornwall, England.
Places of Interest:
Barbara Hepworth Studio, Trewyn, St. Ives.
Tate Gallery, St. Ives.
Dudmaston Hall, Shropshire.
Ory Gallery, Leeds.
Pier Art Centre, Stromness, Orkney.
Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh.