Summer Dance

Summer Dance

Summer Dance by Barbara Hepworth
Photo by William J. Hebert.

Barbara Hepworth was a pioneering figure for abstract sculpture. Her contributions are often viewed in tandem with her nearly exact contemporary Henry Moore, but Hepworth remained steadfast in her commitment to non-representational imagery.  Hepworth developed a language based on organic forms whose mass was often opened or pierced to reveal the significance of space and volume.

In this sculpture, the two forms differ but share a common bond in mass, space, and color. As a result, the interconnectedness of these non-representational works suggests a relationship as indicated in the title.    

Barbara Hepworth. Summer Dance, 1971. Bronze, 40 x 54 x 30 inches. Gift of Fred and Lena Meijer. © Alan Bowness, Barbara Hepworth Estate.