Google pays tribute to English sculptor Barbara Hepworth with a doodle


By CAPosts 25 August, 2020 - 09:02am 394 views

Barbara Hepworth

The doodle seen entering Gologle hoy pays tribute to the English sculptor Dame Barbara Hepworth, considered one of the most outstanding sculptors of the mid-20th century. On 25 August 1939, Hepworth arrived in St. Ives, a town on the south coast of England, where he established his studio and lived the rest of his days.

Jocelyn Barbara Hepworth was born on 10 January 1903 in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, England. He studied at the Leeds School of Art, where he began a mutually influential lifelong friendship with sculptor Henry Moore, and then attended the Royal College of Art in London.

Sus his works, of abstract character, are characterized by the hollow spaces within the sculpture. He worked on both wood and stone . As shown in the doodle when today, Hepworth made use of "direct carving", a technique by which the sculpting process is influenced by the qualities of raw materials, rather than a preconceived model.

This work, consisting of 44 prototypes, are on permanent display at The Hepworth Wakefield (Google Arts and Culture)

His creations were based on geometric and organic shapes. In England, Hepworth introduced the idea of piercing a solid sculpture with a hole to give transparency to the object. Her innovative style made her a leading figure in the abstract art movement.

Hepworth was awarded the Grand Prix at the 1959 Sao Paulo Biennale and, for her invaluable contribution to British art, was named Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1965. Hepworth made more than 600 sculptures that are a testament to an abstract and particular art that marked an era.

Barbara Hepworth was suddenly prolific during his later years. During the 1960s he made almost as many works as between 1925 and 1960. In these works it is noted an experimentation with new materials, sculptures made of bronze, slate, silver and gold, and also generated an important production of engravings.

Barbara Hepworth during an exhibition at the Tate Gallery ( Keystone Pictures USA/Shutterstock (5363379al)

Hepworth married sculptor John Skeaping and they had a son, Paul. In 1933 they divorced and then began a relationship with the painter and sculptor Ben Nicholson, with whom they had triplets: Simon, Rachel and Sarah. They married in 1938 and divorced in 1951.

The artist died during a fire in her workshop in St. Ives, Cornwall, in 1975, at the age of seventy-two. The workshop and its home are part of the Barbara Hepworth Museum. His works can also be found in The Hepworth, a museum in Wakefield; St. Catherine's College, Oxford; Yorkshire Sculpture Park in West Bretton, West Yorkshire; Clare College, Churchill College and New Hall, Cambridge and Kenwood House, London.

The doodle was designed by artist Matt Cruickshank, who told, on Google's blog, that the chart's focus was on Hepworth's st. Ives studio, which envisioned it as "a magnificent space to create with open windows and cats looking in silence."

Asked about what inspired him to do that design in particulate matter, he explained: "One of Hepworth's phrases was 'I draw what I feel in my body.' This is so prolific. He approached subjects with great knowledge and classical training. These tools gave him the basis with which to nurture his maximum skill: instinct."


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