5 of 28 portraits of Barbara Hepworth
© estate of Peter Keen / National Portrait Gallery, London
by Peter Keen
vintage bromide print, mid 1950s
11 7/8 in. x 9 3/4 in. (301 mm x 249 mm)
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- Dame Barbara Hepworth (1903-1975), Sculptor; second wife of Ben Nicholson. Sitter in 28 portraits, Artist of 1 portrait.
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This portrait shows Hepworth posing confidently with the tools of her trade. With hammer and chisel in hand she's making a conscious statement of her standing as a sculptor.
'The right is only a motor hand. This holds the hammer. The left hand, the thinking hand, must be relaxed, sensitive. The rhythms of thought pass thorough the fingers and grip of this hand into the stone.'
Barbara Hepworth. A Pictorial Autobiography (1970)