Reclining Figure

Barbara Hepworth, British, b. Wakefield, England, 1903–1975
The Artist, Cornwall, 1932-33
Alexander J. McNeill Reid, London, by 1934-through at least 1954
Gimpel Fils, London, to 14 October 1957
Joseph H. Hirshhorn, New York, 14 October 1957-17 May 1966
Gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn, 1966
Exhibition History
ALEX REID & LEFEVRE GALLERY, London. "Barbara Hepworth-Ben Nicholson," 23 October-14 November 1933, no. 2.
ABSTRACTION-CREATION, Paris. "Art nonfiguratif," 1934, ill. p. 23.
WAKEFIELD CITY ART GALLERY, England. "Barbara Hepworth Sculpture and Drawings," 19 May-7 July 1951, no. 9, ill. TOUR: YORK CITY ART GALLERY, 14 July-12 August; MANCHESTER CITY ART GALLERY, 24 September-21 October.
WHITECHAPEL ART GALLERY, London. "Barbara Hepworth," 8 April-6 June 1954, no. 19, ill.
TATE GALLERY, London. "Barbara Hepworth," 3 April-19 May 1958, no. 14, ill.
SOLOMON R. GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM, New York. "Modern Sculpture from the Joseph H. Hirshhorn Collection," 3 October 1962-6 January 1963, no. 204.
UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND ART GALLERY, College Park. "Women Artists in Washington Collections," 18 January-25 February 1979, no. 33, ill.
HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. "Barbara Hepworth from the Museum Collection," 21 April-19 July 1981, no cat.
HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. "Direct Carving in Modern Sculpture: Selections from the Museum's Collection," 6 October-27 November 1983, checklist no. 19.
ART GALLERY OF ONTARIO, Toronto. "Barbara Hepworth: A Retrospective," 18 May-7 August 1995, no. 12, ill. p. 27.
HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. "Marvelous Objects: Surrealist Sculpture from Paris to New York," 29 October 2015-15 February 2016, fig. 61, color ill. p. 64; p. 185.
HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN, Smithsonian Institiution, Washington, DC. "Put It This Way: (Re)Visions of the Hirshhorn Collection," 24 June 2022-16 July 2023, no cat.
Published References
GAUNT, WILLIAM. "An Adventure in Modern Art: In Search of the Absolute," Studio 6 (November 1933), ill. p. 271.
READ, HERBERT. Art Now, 1st edition (London: Faber & Faber, 1933), p. 24, pl. 86, between pp. 96-97.
READ, HERBERT, ed. Unit One: The Modern Movement in English Architecture, Painting and Sculpture (London: Cassell, 1934), pl. IV, p. 23 (Collection Alexander Reid).
GIBSON, WILLIAM. Barbara Hepworth (London: Faber & Faber, 1946), p. 18.
SELIGMAN, KURT. "Simplicity in Art," Magazine of Art 44/3 (March 1951), ill. p. 106.
READ, HERBERT. Barbara Hepworth: Carvings and Drawings (London: Lund & Humphries, 1952), ills. 28 a, b.
HERON, PATRICK. "Barbara Hepworth--Carver," Arts Digest 29/15 (1 May 1955), p. 9, ill. p. 8.
HODIN, J. P. Barbara Hepworth (New York: David McKay, 1961), ill. 44.
HAMMACHER, A. M. The Sculpture of Barbara Hepworth (New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1968), ill. in the picture of artist's studio.
UNSIGNED. Abstraction, création, art non-figuratif (New York: Arno Press, 1968), ill. p. 23.
HEPWORTH, BARBARA. A Pictorial Autobiography (New York and Washington, DC: Praeger, 1970), ill. 66, p. 26.
CUSICK, NANCY. "3 in Washington, DC," Women Artists News 7/3 (Fall 1981), ill. p. 9.
ZILCZER, JUDITH. "The Theory of Direct Carving in Modern Sculpture," Oxford Art Journal 4/2 (November 1981), fig. 4.
THISTLEWOOD, DAVID, ed. Barbara Hepworth Reconsidered (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press and Tate Gallery Liverpool, 1996), fig. 14, p. 63.
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Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn, 1966
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Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Accession Number
7 X 12 1/8 X 6 3/8 IN. (17.7 X 30.7 X 16.2 CM.)