Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore

Opens Sat 13 May 2017


Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore grew up in Wakefield and Castleford respectively and both artists spoke of the impact of Yorkshire on their work. Two exhibitions drawn from Wakefield's Permanent Art Collection will celebrate their careers.

Barbara Hepworth

This new Barbara Hepworth exhibition features over 30 works tracing the artist's whole career, from the early carvings of the 1920 - 30s, to the iconic stringed forms emerging during the 1940s and her later, large-scale marble sculptures. Hepworth's personal library will be displayed publicly for the first time, offering an insight into Hepworth's creative inspirations.

Henry Moore

In 1977, Moore disovered that Wakefield was fundraising to buy one print from his series Stonehenge (1973) and promptly donated a complete set to the collection. This series can be seen in its entirety, alongside important sculptures and drawings of coal mines from the 1940s, showing Moore's continued exploration of stone, texture and form.


Images: Barbara Hepworth, Mother and Child, 1934 © Bowness, Hepworth Estate; Henry Moore, Against the Sky, 1973, The Hepworth Wakefield (Wakefield Permanent Art Collection). Courtesy The Hepworth Wakefield.

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