Barbara Hepworth

1903 · United Kingdom

Artist biography

Barbara Hepworth is an established contemporary visual artist, who originates from the United Kingdom. Barbara Hepworth was born in 1903. Some of the artist's contemporaries that are born around the same year and in the same country include Barbara Hepworth, John Piper, Eric Ravilious, Rex Whistler, Edward Burra, and Francis Bacon.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Barbara Hepworth's work is on display in two galleries, which are Pace Gallery | Geneva in Switzerland and PACE | New York in the United States. Barbara Hepworth's work has most recently been displayed during the exhibition From Strength to Strength: The Power of Art at Alan Wheatley Art in London, the United Kingdom. The exhibition was open from 19 September 2019 until 10 October 2019. Barbara Hepworth's other most recent exhibitions recorded on Artland include the exhibitions; The World As Yet Unseen (05 April 2019 - 14 June 2019) at Art First in London and Close: Drawn Portraits (22 November 2018 - 03 February 2019) at Drawing Room in London. Barbara Hepworth's first listed exhibition in Artland's database was called In The Company Of and took place at TJ Boulting in London, Aland Islands from the 05 October 2018 to 17 November 2018.

Historical Context of United Kingdom

Through colonisation and the resulting ascent of its Empire, the United Kingdom reached the status of a giant, although the wealth and economic power did not shelter it from the obvious cultural supremacy of other continents and countries. With the United States on one side and its European neighbours on the other, Britain had been to a somewhat significant extent outshined by their respective influence on the art of the modern period. But it is towards the end of the nineteenth century that it truly became an essential and crucial agent in the development of the avant-garde, through radical and progressive trends such at the Arts and Crafts Movement, which would become essential to the further development of bohemian artists movements or other artist-led guilds of the twentieth century. Vorticism is a noteworthy movement, essentially characteristic of British modernism, it involved artists known for their association to the Bloomsbury group. A few critically acclaimed British artists of the modern and contemporary era include Stanley Spencer, Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Leon Kossoff, Frank Auerbach, David Hockney, Bridget Riley and Paula Rego among others – as well as the YBA generation led by Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn and Chris Ofili, in more recent years.

Further Biographical Context for Barbara Hepworth

Barbara Hepworth was born in 1903 and was largely inspired by the 1920s. The 1920s and 1930s saw continued development and evolution of the key innovations of the early years of the twentieth century. To have these years as the formative period for an artist was to be surrounded by incredible practitioners of the pictorial arts. It was also a time of recovery and introspection after the horrors of the First World War, which saw significant shifts in politics. Marxism was a predominant political ideology which was also tremendously influential amongst artists and their communities. noteworthy artistic developments included a kind of expressive characteristic which was exemplified by Brancusi, Modigliani and Soutine in Paris. Surrealism advanced throughout the 1920s and 1930s, with a focus on the human unconscious - a central idea of Freudian theory. Key Surrealist artists include Salvador Dali, Giorgio de Chirico, Andre Breton, Rene Magritte and Paul Delvaux. Due to its cultural importance, much of this ideology spread worldwide.

Barbara Hepworth

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