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Maker(s):Hepworth, Barbara
Culture:British (1903-1975)
Title:Project for Wood and Strings, Trezion II
Date Made:1959
Type:Painting
Materials:oil, gesso, pencil on board
Measurements:Stretcher: 14 7/8 in x 21 1/8 in; 37.7825 cm x 53.6575 cm
Accession Number:  AC 1960.1
Credit Line:Gift of Richard S. Zeisler (Class of 1937)
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Label Text:
Hepworth, famous for her wood and stone sculptures, often grounded her work in nature. Trezion, for example, refers to a place in Cornwall where she lived and worked in the 1950s, and is one of the sculptor’s preparatory sketches that can be considered works of art in their own right. Such works are not mere construction plans, but rather evoke the dynamic effect of her sculpture. In the late 1930s, the artist began to experiment with strings to articulate the relationship between internal and external forms without obscuring the inner void. The lines in the Mead’s drawing evoke sensations of tension and rotation found in many of her sculptures; the composition suggests a maelstrom in the blue-colored center. Hepworth probably prepared the board with white household paint instead of traditional gesso. The surface retains the traces of brushstrokes and abrasions, and is scratched and rubbed with color, making its texture a vital part of the work. BJ

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