Reflecting on this painting, Hepworth commented on “the arm, the tendons of which can be manipulated whilst the spirit and mind of the owner are temporarily absent – and the living, seeing and highly intelligent hands of the surgeon which are carrying out the will and knowledge of his brain – supported by the desire of his spirit to heal and create. The colour I used in this painting was a deep blue and gold – supporting the faintly translucent colour of the inanimate arm.”


  • Title: The Hands and the Arm
  • Creator: Barbara Hepworth
  • Date Created: 1948
  • Location Created: The Hepworth Wakefield
  • Type: Work on paper
  • Rights: Private Collection. Photo: Jo Crawford
  • Medium: Oil and pencil on paper

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