Contrapuntal Forms (Mycenae)
Barbara Hepworth ( British, 1903 - 1975 )
In Contrapuntal Forms (Mycenae), two marble figures are turned toward one another as though in conversation. The sculpture's title underscores this interactive quality. In music, counterpoint combines two or more independent melodies to create one harmonic texture. Mycenae refers to a Greek civilization that flourished during the second millennium BCE, implying that the abstract forms engage with antiquity as much as they do with each other.
One of England's most important 20th–century sculptors, Barbara Hepworth explored the dynamics of human relationships through her abstract compositions and the interpenetration of space and form. She always preferred carving over modeling, and she avoided using mechanical tools, choosing to work by hand.
- Heather MacDonald, Label text, 2010.
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