Masterpieces by Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore

Two new exhibitions open 13 May 2017

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We present two exhibitions of work from our collection, examining two giants of British art and their deep connection with Yorkshire: Barbara Hepworth (born in Wakefield in 1903) and Henry Moore (born in Castleford in 1898).

Barbara Hepworth first met Henry Moore after the First World War at Leeds School of Art where they both studied, and both went on to the Royal College of Art, London in the early 1920s.

Barbara Hepworth

Around 30 works by Barbara Hepworth is on display, tracing the artist’s whole career, from early drawings created in 1925, to her late marble sculptures of the 1970s. The display will include Hepworth’s iconic stringed forms that emerged during the 1940s, as well as important examples of the full range of material types that she used – cast bronze, stone and wood carvings, paintings, prints and even a screen-printed scarf. It is also the first time Hepworth's personal library has been on public view.Find out more

Henry Moore

In 1977, Moore discovered 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 miners from the 1940s, showing Moore's continued exploration of stone, texture and form.Find out more

Images: Barbara Hepworth, Pierced Hemisphere, 1937. White marble. The Hepworth Wakefield (Wakefield Permanent Art Collection) Bowness, Hepworth Estate Photo Norman Taylor; Henry Moore,Against the Sky, 1973. Lithograph. The Hepworth Wakefield (Wakefield Permanent Art Collection).

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