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Dame Barbara Hepworth, 1903–1975, British

Sphere with Inner Form

Overall: 39 x 33 x 33 inches (99.1 x 83.8 x 83.8 cm)
Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
© Bowness
Accession Number:
Paintings and Sculpture
Subject Terms:
abstract art | form | sphere
On view

Barbara Hepworth was a prominent member of the Seven and Five Society in the 1930s. Although initially established to preserve traditional values in art, the arrival of Hepworth, Ben Nicholson, and Henry Moore transformed the group into a modernist hub for the promotion of abstraction. In 1939, Hepworth moved permanently from London to the village of St. Ives in Cornwall, where she lived and worked until her death in 1975. Her sculpture is notable for its oscillation between organic and geometric forms. In this bronze, an organic form is embedded within a hollow sphere. "All my life," she once wrote, "I have wanted to put a form on a form on a form as an offering."

Gallery label for installation of YCBA collection, 2020

[ Advertisement ] : Sotheby's : Twentieth Century Paintings Drawings and Sculpure, 6 , Burlington Magazine, vol. 108, June 23, 1966, p. xvi, Online Resource Available in JSTOR; see also hard copy N1 B87 + OVERSIZE (YCBA)

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Acquisitions of Modern Art by Museums, Burlington Magazine, vol.112, August 1970, pp.562, 568, fig. 89, N1 B87 112:2 OVERSIZE (YCBA)

Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Gardden, St. Ives, Cornwall, Gardens to visit , The Times (London), , Saturday, December 10, 1994, p. 16, Available Online : Times Digital Archive Also available on Microfilm : An T482 (SML)

Barbara Hepworth, [catalogue of an exhibition at] the Tate Gallery, 3 April-19 May 1968 , Tate Publishing, London, 1968, p. 59, no. 132, NJ18 H44 T36 (YCBA)

Barbara Hepworth, a guide to the Tate Gallery Collection at London and St. Ives, Cornwall , London, 1982, pp. 36, 47, NJ18 H44 T37

Barbara Hepworth, April-May 1966 / Marlborough-Gerson Gallery, New York , Marlborough-Gerson Gallery, New York, NY, 1966, pp. 5, 16-17, no. 10, J18 H44 966M (LSF)

Alan Bowness, The complete sculpture of Barbara Hepworth, 1960-69, Lund Humphries, London, 1971, p. 35, no. 333, pl. 78, 79, NJ18 H44 +B68 1971 (YCBA)

Alan Bowness, The complete sculpture of Barbara Hepworth, 1960-69, Lund Humphries, London, 1971, p. 35, no. 333, pl. 78, 79, NB497.H4

Current and Forthcoming Exhibitions, Burlington Magazine, vol. 106, July 1964, pp. 352-353, fig. 46, N1 B87 106 OVERSIZE (YCBA)

Sally Festing, Barbara Hepworth, a life of forms , Viking, London, 1995, p. 263, NJ18 H44 F47 1995 (YCBA)

Matthew Gale, Barbara Hepworth, works in the Tate Gallery Collection and the Barbara Hepworth Museum, St Ives , Tate Publishing, London, 1999, pp. 220-222, no. 58, NJ18 H44 G32 1999 OVERSIZE (YCBA)

Sylviane Gold, In the Abstract , a Coastal Scene Materializes, A Review of 'Art in Focus: St. Ives Abstraction’ at Yale Center for British Art , New York Times, New York, July 14, 2013, Metropolitan Section, p. 9, Yale Internet Resource

Abraham Marie Hammacher, Barbara Hepworth, Thames and Hudson, London, 1987, p. 158, no. 136, NJ18 H44 H2513 1987 (YCBA)

Dame Barbara Hepworth, A pictorial autobiography, Praeger, New York, NY, 1970, p. 100, no. 278, NJ18 H44 A3 1970 (YCBA)

Miranda Phillips, Barbara Hepworth sculpture garden, St Ives, Tate Publishing, London, 2002, pp. 31, 36-37, NJ18 H44 P55 2002 (YCBA)

Duncan Robinson, Acquisitions : The First Decade 1977 - 1986, , Burlington Magazine, vol. 128, October 1986, p. 21, no. 63, N1 B87 128:3 OVERSIZE (YCBA)

Sotheby's sale catalogue : Catalogue of Twentieth Century Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture : 23 June 1966, Sotheby's, London, June 23, 1966, pp. 36-37, lot 25, Auction Catalogues (YCBA)

St Ives abstraction, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, 2013, p. 20, V 2475 (YCBA)

Tate Publishing, [ List of Acquisitions], The Tate Gallery ... illustrated biennial report, 1980/82, Tate Publishing, London, 1980-1982, p. 90, N1080 A233 (YCBA)

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Angus Trumble, The Marble Bust, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, 2004, no. 21, V 1304 (YCBA)

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