DAME BARBARA HEPWORTH (1903-1975)
DAME BARBARA HEPWORTH (1903-1975)
DAME BARBARA HEPWORTH (1903-1975)
DAME BARBARA HEPWORTH (1903-1975)
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DAME BARBARA HEPWORTH (1903-1975)

Moon Play

Details
DAME BARBARA HEPWORTH (1903-1975)
Moon Play
signed 'Barbara Hepworth' (lower right)
pencil and watercolour on paper
30 3/8 x 22 1/4 in. (79.7 x 56.5 cm.)
Executed in 1972.
Provenance
Property from the Estate of Barbara Hepworth, D.B.E.; Christie's, London, 26 May 2011, lot 135, where purchased by the present owner.
Special notice

Artist's Resale Right ("Droit de Suite"). Artist's Resale Right Regulations 2006 apply to this lot, the buyer agrees to pay us an amount equal to the resale royalty provided for in those Regulations, and we undertake to the buyer to pay such amount to the artist's collection agent.

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Lot Essay

We are grateful to Dr Sophie Bowness for her assistance with the cataloguing apparatus for this work.

Hepworth was fascinated with space exploration and celestial bodies which began appearing in her sculptures and prints following the first non-crewed moon landing in 1959. She embraced the impact of scientific advances with a sense of spirituality, writing in 1966: ‘I regard the present era of flight and projection into space as a tremendous expansion of our sensibilities, and space sculpture and kinetic forms are an expression of it; but in order to appreciate this fully I think that we must affirm some ancient stability’. The present work is the original pencil and watercolour work from which Hepworth executed an edition of 200 screenprints in 1972.
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