Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore

A Lecture or Study Day Comparing Two of Britain’s Best Loved Sculptors

This talk or study day will describe six similarities and eight differences in the work of Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore. It will examine their early debt to Jacob Epstein and Gaudier-Brzeska, the influence of Surrealism and Constructivism and their interest in archaeology and in siting sculpture out of doors. It will explore their approach to the themes of the mother and child, the mask and the reclining figure. It will also explain the new opportunities that they enjoyed after 1945 through establishment of the Arts Council and the British Council.

Among the differences that It will discuss will be the monumentality of Moore’s work and the lightness and elegance of Hepworth’s sculpture. It will explore their approach to movement, continuity and surface qualities and compare Moore’s martial sculptures to Hepworth’s preoccupation with the sea. It will also explain how Moore’s interest in primitive art inspired a sober and fragmented quality, which is in contrast to Hepworth’s sense of Apollonian wholeness.

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I also offer a talk about ‘British Sculpture from Eduardo Paolozzi to Damien Hirst’. This can be combined with the above to create a study day of two or three talks about ‘Twentieth Century British Sculpture’