Oval Sculpture (Delos)
HEPWORTH, Barbara (1903 - 1975)
Media: scented guarea wood with painted concavities
Size: 85.8 x 122.0 cm
Acquired: 1982; Purchase
Accession Number: NMW A 2416
Barbara Hepworth married Ben Nicholson in 1932 and was established as a leading and uncompromising exponent of abstraction by 1950. In 1954-5 she carved several abstract sculptures with Grecian titles from a consignment of seventeen tons of Nigerian hardwood. Amongst her grandest and most lyrical works, these were inspired by the landscape and antiquities of Greece. Delos is both the site of the cave of Apollo and the island around which the Cyclades lie in an oval form.