Winged Figure II

Maker and role
Artist: Barbara Hepworth, British, 1903-1975
Year
1957
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Object detail

Media/Materials
Bronze, with plaster and wire
Measurements
height, 67 7/8in (172.4cm)
Credit line
Gift of the Estate of Tom Slick
Accession number
1973.32
Object type
Department
Further information
Barbara Hepworth’s Winged Figure II embodies weightlessness and grace. Its abstracted and elongated wings stretch into the heavens with a textured plaster surface that evokes the delicateness of feathers, in contrast with a robust bronze body. Oblong cutouts in each wing and a standing height above the viewer imbue the artwork with a sense of flight and airiness. Volume is added to the sculpture’s core with intersecting lines of wire that create a parabolic curve at the figure’s center. And the wings, barely touching the base in a balletic rise, offer an open embrace to viewers that stand before them.
Documentation
Sculpture, Murals, and Fountains at HemisFair '68; 1968; no. 43b
Modern Art at the McNay: A Brief History and Pictorial Survey of the Collection; William J. Chiego; 2001; p. 127
Tom Slick: International Art Collector; William J. Chiego; 2009; p. 50-51
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