BARBARA HEPWORTH Bronze Form (Patmos)

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Bronze Form (Patmos)
Length: 37 3/8 in.
Conceived in 1962-3 and cast in 1963; the present work is number 1 from the edition of 7.

Gimpel Fils, London (acquired from the artist)
Mr. & Mrs. Armand Deutsch, Los Angeles (acquired from the above in 1969)
Private Collection, Los Angeles (by descent from the above)
Private Collection, Los Angeles ( acquired from the above circa 1991)

Zurich, Gimpel Hanover Galerie, Barbara Hepworth: Sculpture and Drawings, 1963-64, no. 13, illustrated in the catalogue
(Possibly) London, Gimpel Fils, Barbara Hepworth: Sculpture and Drawings, 1964, no. 13

Profile III: Englische Kunst der Gegenwart (exhibition catalogue), Stadtisches Kunstgalerie, Bochum, 1964, no. 62, illustration of another cast
Spring Exhibition 1964 (exhibition catalogue), Penwith Society of Arts, St Ives, 1964, no. 2, illustration of another cast (titled Patmos)
Summer Exhibition 1964 (exhibition catalogue), St Ives, Penwith Society of Arts, 1964, no. 3, illustration of another cast
Artists in Cornwall (exhibition catalogue), Leicester University Arts Festival, 1965, no.13 illustration of another cast
Barbara Hepworth (exhibition catalogue), Marlborough-Gerson Gallery, New York, 1966, no. 8, illustration of another cast
Sculpture Contemporaine et Art Africaine (exhibition catalogue), Galerie Lacloche, Paris, 1966, no. 32, illustration of another cast
Barbara Hepworth: Sculpture and Lithographs (exhibition catalogue), Abbotsholme, Uttoxeter & traveling, 1970, no. 11, illustration of another cast
Alan Bowness, ed., The Complete Sculpture of Barbara Hepworth 1960-69, 1971, no.
321, pl. 65, illustration of another cast p. 34
David Fraser Jenkins, Barbara Hepworth: A Guide to the Tate Gallery Collection at
London and St Ives, Cornwall, 1982, p.17, illustration of another cast p. 36

Barbara Hepworth visited Greece in 1954, and left inspired by the light, landscape and art of the region, evocatively describing how this was to influence her sculpture in the following years: "I remember standing on Patmos and thinking—with that incredible stretch of sea and islands before me—how intensely a figure rising in the distance expressed that perfect elevation of the human spirit which in a way is conveyed by a powerful sculptured form" (quoted in Josef P. Hodin, Barbara Hepworth, New York, 1961, p. 10). The semi-enclosed elongated shape in the present work recalls the tubular shape of a wave, effectively capturing the simultaneous movement and stillness of the sea that inspired Hepworth on her visit to Patmos. Hepworth’s prodigious inventiveness unfolds upon the surfaces of the sculpture, unveiling an arresting composition that appears to be in a state of flux.

This is one of three examples of this form left in private hands: of the 8 bronzes that were cast, 5 are now in museums/ institutions. Other casts of this sculpture are located at the Hepworth Museum & Sculpture Garden, St. Ives, the Des Moines Art Center, Iowa, the Columbus Museum of Art, Ohio, PepsiCo Sculpture Park, New York and the Winnipeg Art Gallery, Canada.

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