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Quotes by Barbara Hepworth - (15 quotes)

Barbara Hepworth - From the Abstraction category:

I felt the most intense pleasure in piercing the stone in order to make an abstract form and space; quite a different sensation from that of doing it for the purpose of realism. (Barbara Hepworth)

Barbara Hepworth - From the Abstraction category:

Working in the abstract way seems to release one's personality and sharpen the perceptions so that in the observation of humanity or landscape, it is the wholeness of inner intention which moves one so profoundly. (Barbara Hepworth)

Barbara Hepworth - From the Application category:

One must be entirely sensitive to the structure of the material that one is handling. One must yield to it in tiny details of execution, perhaps the handling of the surface or grain, and one must master it as a whole. (Barbara Hepworth)

Barbara Hepworth - From the Artists category:

- from a conversation with J.P. Hodin, 18 August, 1959...
The work of the artist today springs from innate impulses towards life, towards growth - impulses whose rhythms and structures have to do with the power and insistence of life. (Barbara Hepworth)

Barbara Hepworth - From the Beginning category:

I must always have a clear image of the form of a work before I begin. Otherwise there is no impulse to create. (Barbara Hepworth)

Barbara Hepworth - From the Commitment category:

Half-way through any work, one is often tempted to go off on a tangent. Once you have yielded, you will be tempted to yield again and again... Finally, you would only produce something hybrid... (Barbara Hepworth)

Barbara Hepworth - From the Construction category:

A constructive work is an embodiment of freedom itself, and is unconsciously perceived, even by those who are consciously against it. The desire to live is the strongest universal emotion; it springs from the depths of our unconscious sensibility - and the desire to give life is our most potent, constructive, conscious expression of this intuition. (Barbara Hepworth)

Barbara Hepworth - From the Drawing category:

I merely draw what I see. I draw what I feel in my body. (Barbara Hepworth)

Barbara Hepworth - From the Form category:

There is an inside and an outside to every form. When they are in special accord, as for instance a nut in its shell or a child in the womb, or in the structure of shells or crystals, or when one senses the architecture of bones in the human figure, then I am most drawn to the effect of light. Every shadow cast by the sun from an ever-varying angle reveals the harmony of the inside to outside. Light gives full play to our tactile perceptions through the experience of our eyes, and the vitality of forms is revealed by the interplay between space and volume. (Barbara Hepworth)

Barbara Hepworth - From the Gender category:

At no point do I wish to be in conflict with any man or masculine thought. It doesn't enter my consciousness. Art is anonymous. It's not competitive with men. It's a complementary contribution. (Barbara Hepworth)

Barbara Hepworth - From the Imitation category:

My works are an imitation of my own past and present... (Barbara Hepworth)

Barbara Hepworth - From the Profession category:

I found one had to do some work every day, even at midnight, because either you're professional or you're not. (Barbara Hepworth)

Barbara Hepworth - From the Sculpture category:

The sculptor must search with passionate intensity for the underlying principle of the organisation of mass and tension - the meaning of gesture and the structure of rhythm. (Barbara Hepworth)

Barbara Hepworth - From the Sculpture category:

From the sculptor's point of view one can either be the spectator of the object or the object itself. For a few years I became the object. (Barbara Hepworth)

Barbara Hepworth - From the Senses category:

Body experience...is the centre of creation. I rarely draw what I see. I draw what I feel in my body. (Barbara Hepworth)