A high resolution photograph of Barbara Hepworth's sculpture Curved Form (Pavan). This sculpture was made in the year that Hepworth returned to casting in bronze, a practice she had not regularly used since her youth. Although made in plaster, the material has been ‘metallised’ to give the illusion of bronze.

By building up plaster on a metal armature, Hepworth was able to create flowing forms, perhaps to retain what she described as ‘the qualities of molten material’. The subtitle 'Pavan' refers to a stately court dance of the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries, and indicates Hepworth’s lifelong passion for dance and music.


  • Title: Curved Form (Pavan)
  • Creator: Barbara Hepworth
  • Date Created: 1956
  • Physical Dimensions: 52 x 80 x 48.5 cm
  • Rights: © Bowness. Wakefield Permanent Art Collection (The Hepworth Wakefield)
  • Medium: metallised plaster

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