Duo (Grey & White)
Barbara Hepworth (English, 1903-1975)
Not on View

Deeply interested in materials and the physical reactions they provoke, Barbara Hepworth became one of the first artists to introduce space directly into her sculpture. In 1932, she, and perhaps Henry Moore, first burst through a closed mass of marble, creating a hole at its center. “I had felt the most intense pleasure in piercing the stone in order to make an abstract form and space,” she recalled. This penetration of the material for purely abstract purposes immediately established a new category of sculpture, for which space is equivalent to form in the understanding of the object.


  • Artist Name: Barbara Hepworth (English, 1903-1975)
  • Title: Duo (Grey & White)
  • Date: 1973
  • Medium: Marble
  • Dimensions: A: 20 x 9-1/4 x 5-1/2 in. (50.8 x 23.5 x 14.0 cm); B: 14 x 6 x 8-1/2 in. (35.6 x 15.2 x 21.6 cm)
  • Credit Line: Norton Simon Art Foundation
  • Accession Number: M.1974.12.2a-b.S
  • Copyright: © Bowness, Hepworth Estate

Object Information

Beyond Brancusi: The Space of Sculpture

  • Norton Simon Museum, 2013-04-26 to 2014-01-06

Barbara Hepworth - Conversations

  • New York, Marlborough Gallery, 1974-03 to 1974-04

Twentieth Century Photography

  • Norton Simon Museum, 1986-05-29 to 1986-08-10
  • Tancock, John, The Connoisseur, pp. 238-240
  • Marlborough Gallery, Barbara Hepworth-Conversations, 1974, no. 17 pp. 12, 46-47
  • Campbell, Sara, Collector Without Walls: Norton Simon and His Hunt for the Best, 2010, cat. 1083 p. 370
  • Matson, Sara, Barbara Hepworth's Sculpture Garden, 2011,
  • Matson, Sara, Barbara Hepworth's Sculpture Garden - YouTube, 2011,

Additional Artwork by Artist

Assembly of Sea Forms Barbara Hepworth 1972
Four-Square (Walk Through) Barbara Hepworth 1966
Oread Barbara Hepworth 1958

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