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One could find a resemblance between Barbara Hepworth’s and Henry Moore’s artistic expression and be completely right about that fact. The artists studied together in London in 1920 which was the start of a lifelong friendly competition between the two. They became the two most crucial figures in British sculptures.
Whilst Moore’s work was influenced by human figure, the primitive art and to some extent experimenting with the elements of surrealism Hepworth‘ work was connected with the Cornish cost, where she grew up, and inspired by the natural forms that surrounded and influenced her from an early age.
Despite this quite different influences viewers can often ask oneself if it is the work from one or the other artist. When it comes to the use of piercing the art work it was Hepworth that invented the element. This gave a balance between form and space and is considered one of her most important contributions to the art of abstract sculpture.
Hepworth is also known to say about the strings in her work “ the strings were the tension I felt between myself and the sea, the wind or the hills”. (Finely Strung, Hepworth, to the right and Oval with points, Moore, to the left)
Fun fact; for the new face on the £20 note the competition between the two artist continued, leaving Hepworth a more popular choice of the public, which for the first time had a say in the matter. At the end the English artist William Turner won over both and his self portrait aswell as his most famous work will be released into circulation in 2020. #hepworth #barbarahepworth #moore #henrymoore #abstractart #abstractsculpture