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Figure (Archaean)

“I think every sculpture must be touched, it’s part of the way you make it and it’s really our first sensibility. It is the sense of feeling, the first one we have when we’re born. I think every person looking at a sculpture should use his own body. You can’t look at a sculpture if you are going to stand stiff as a ramrod and stare at it, with a sculpture you must walk around it, bend toward it, touch it, and walk away from it.” Barbara Hepworth

Barbara Hepworth’s Figure exploits the potential of abstraction. Her sculpture suggests many interpretations, and can look different to different viewers. The title, "Figure", combined with the upright form, suggests a human body. The slashing, angul...

Sculpture, bronze; casting
90.0 x 54.0 x 21.75 in

Where you'll find this

Ulrich Museum of Art
Permanent collection