NPG x88512; Barbara Hepworth by Ida Kar Barbara Hepworth with her cat Nicholas and her sculpture 'Reclining Form (Rosewall)'
by Ida Kar, 1961
Image via National Portrait Gallery

The retrospective includes her earliest surviving carvings to her renowned large-scale bronzes of the 1960s and post-war African hardwood carvings. Alongside Hepworth's work are pieces by her peers and predecessors including that of Jacob Epstein and Henry Moore.

Hepworth was a leading figure of the art scene of the 1930s, and enjoyed success as a world-renowned artist during the 1950s and 1960s.

The exhibition at Tate Britain begins with Hepworth's career during London in  the 1920s, where she lived with her artist husband John Skeaping.

The next room conveys her relationship with artist Ben Nicholson, following the break up of her marriage to Skeaping. Hepworth and Nicholson lived in Hampstead where they both continued their work as artists. The room is a recreation of their shared home and studio, Hampstead soon became a safe place for artists as Fascism began to spread in Europe.

Pelagos 1946 by Dame Barbara Hepworth 1903-1975 Barbara Hepworth, Pelagos, 1946
Image via Tate

During World War II, Hepworth was unable to continue sculpting, instead she sketched her sculptures. In the final parts of the exhibition, Barbara's later work is serene and dream-like.

Barbara Hepworth: Sculpture for a Modern World will run until 25th October 2015.

For more information, see here.

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