Winged Figure II
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Artist: Barbara Hepworth, British, 1903-1975 Year
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Barbara Hepworth had used strung wire across sculptural forms intermittently since the 1940s, referring, among other things, to mathematical models, stringed musical instruments, or the tension the artist felt between herself and the landscape. The bronze figure seems to envelope the viewer while the wires create a sense of distance. In 1962, a larger version was commissioned and assembled on a side wall of the John Lewis Partnership store in London. When observed from below, as it was in its 1962 installation, the sculpture recalls decoration on a Gothic cathedral, perhaps an angel with a musical instrument.
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