Yorkshire Influences - Hepworth and Moore
Lecturer: Elizabeth Strang
Location: DESY Building 1, Room 4a/b (download map) [193 KB]
Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth were always products of their native Yorkshire, greatly influenced by the stone-filled landscape and the hardy people. From their debut together at the Leeds School of Art grew a joint determination to carve into the material. Their later London friendship saw a mutual interest in the influence of primitive art and development of abstraction. They both did work for the Festival of Britain, the Venice Biennale, and carried out major public commissions, works which they wished to be shown outdoors. Despite varying degrees of fame and fortune, this closeness to the land was evident in their work and their Yorkshire background remained a bond between them.
Elizabeth Strang attained a humanities degree through the Open University, with art as a main subject, specifically Modern Art. She was recruited as a Guide when Tate Modern opened in 2000 and has since worked at both Tate Modern and Tate Britain. Through the Tate, she lectured on cruises for 3 years specialising in 20th century art, and now lectures locally on this subject.
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