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Barbara Hepworth
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Artist
    (January 10, 1903-May 20, 1975)
    Born in Wakefield, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom
    Birth name was Jocelyn Barbara Hepworth
    British sculptor
    Works include 'Doves' (1928), 'Three Forms' (1935), 'Pierced Hemisphere 1' (1937), 'Oval Sculpture' (1943), 'Hieroglyph' (1953), 'Two Figures' (1955), 'Figure for Landscape' (1959), 'Curved Form (Bryher)' (1961), 'Bronze Form (Patmos)' (1963), 'Rock Form (Porthcumo)' (1964), 'Two Forms (Divided Circle)' (1969), 'Family of Man' (1970) and 'Assembly of Sea Forms' (1972)
    Named a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (1965)
    Died in a fire at her home studio
    She was married and divorced twice, with fellow sculptor John Skeaping and painter Ben Nicholson.
    She donated a small bronze oval sculpture to St. Ives School in Cornwall; it ended up being used as a paperweight.
    Throughout her career, she complained of being overshadowed by fellow abstract sculptor Henry Moore.
    The fire in which she died apparently started when she fell asleep while smoking a cigarette.
    She won scholarships to the Leeds School of Art and the Royal College of Art.
    Several of her works were destroyed when her London studio was damaged in a bombing raid (November, 1940).
    Her oldest child, Paul, died in a plane crash while serving with the RAF (1953).
    She was commissioned by the United Nations to sculpt a memorial to Dag Hammarskjold.
    She said, 'Sculpture to me is primitive, religious, passionate and magical -- always affirmative.'

Credit: C. Fishel


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