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Dame Barbara Hepworth

Hepworth in 1966
Born Jocelyn Barbara Hepworth
10 January 1903
Wakefield, West Riding of Yorkshire
Died 20 May 1975(1975-05-20) (aged 72)
St Ives, Cornwall
Nationality British
Education Leeds School of Art, Royal College of Art
Known for Sculpture
Movement Modernism, Abstract art
Awards DBE

At no point do I wish to be in conflict with any man or masculine thought. It doesn't enter my consciousness. Art is anonymous. It's not competitive with men. It's a complementary contribution.
Barbara Hepworth
Body experience... is the centre of creation.
I rarely draw what I see. I draw what I feel in my body.
Halfway through any work, one is often tempted to go off on a tangent. Once you have yielded, you will be tempted to yield again and again… Finally, you would only produce something hybrid.
Barbara Hepworth
One must be entirely sensitive to the structure of the material that one is handling. One must yield to it in tiny details of execution, perhaps the handling of the surface or grain, and one must master it as a whole.
Barbara Hepworth
My works are an imitation of my own past and present.
I found one had to do some work every day, even at midnight, because either you're professional or you're not.
Barbara Hepworth
I felt the most intense pleasure in piercing the stone in order to make an abstract form and space; quite a different sensation from that of doing it for the purpose of realism.
Barbara Hepworth