The New Form of Sculpture in Post-War Britain

Dame Barbara Hepworth, Four Figures Waiting. Estimate £350,000–450,000.
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Throughout the 20th century British sculptors have been the leading exponents on a truly international stage, promoting the breadth and versatility of the mediums of stone, metal, wood and glass. From Jacob Epstein’s Tomb for Oscar Wilde, unveiled in 1914, through to the strikingly modernist direct carvings by Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth in the 1930s, Brits became predominant in the post-war period, with the generation of young sculptors taking things in a very new direction.

Sotheby’s 20-21 November sale of Modern & Post-War British Art celebrates the breadth of sculpture in the post-war period, and showcases the central role that Britain played in promoting sculpture all around the world.

The New Form of Sculpture in Post-War Britain

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