‘Mother and Child’, Dame Barbara Hepworth, | Tate
Thrill your walls now with a stunning Mother & Child print from the world's largest art gallery. Mother and Child (detail from The Three Ages of Woman), c. Mother and Child is a small abstract stone sculpture by the British artist Each of the figures has a nodule-shaped head with a single white eye drilled into it, art and encouraged a sensitive and instinctive relationship to the landscape. .. In a passage interspersed with sketches, Hepworth acknowledged: 'There. The best friend, the one-call-a-week, the glorified babysitter What mother-and- daughter tribe are you?.
Reclining Figure, Tate Gallery T The soft stone of Mother and Child has developed a major fault through the mother's back and foot, while both heads have suffered stun marks and small scratches; the surface has been cleaned and the single dowels, from child to mother and from mother to base, re-secured Tate Gallery Conservation Files.
The mother's hip is pinned, with the elbow resting on the base and the foot is lifted free; in the sculptor's photographic albums TGA The same photograph shows the sculpture on a base quite different from that to which it is now fixed. The front of the earlier base was roughly broken off to form a sloping shelf and to allow a textural variety.
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Furthermore, this base framed the figure closely at elbow and foot. The elongation of the present base beyond the foot, seems to date from the ownership of Bertha Jones; the fate of the original base is not known, nor is it known if Hepworth sanctioned the change. In any case, the effect is to present the mother asymmetrically, placing the emphasis on the child and fundamentally altering the balance and, consequently, the experience of the sculpture.
In addition to the juxtaposition of separate elements, Hepworth introduced her still innovatory piercing in the main stone of Mother and Child.
This epitomised the tendency in towards organic abstraction. In common with nearly all its precedents, the hole appears to be derived formally from the space under an arm. In Mother and Child it achieved an importance comparable to that in the first Pierced Form, as it was at the centre of the composition when the work was still mounted on the original base; although this is no longer the case, the hole remains crucial to the undulating rhythm.
Like the organic form, the introduction of piercing anticipated Moore's use of these devices for the treatment of the figure. He would transform this into a figurative equivalence with landscape in such works as the Hornton stone Recumbent Figure, Tate Gallery N For Hepworth, the piercing of Mother and Child went beyond a formal device.
It carried a conceptual value, with the suggestion that the child had come from - and outgrown - the vacant space in the centre of the mother's body. The psychological empathy and the physical dependence and independence of this relationship were repeatedly addressed in her exploration of the theme, which became more acute following her son Paul's birth in In earlyHepworth became pregnant again and her triplets were born in October.
Miss Hepworth's Carving', Spectator, Nov. They were close friends and in the following month the writer helped the sculptor with her contribution to Unit One Hepworth letter to Ben Nicholson, post-marked 8 Dec.
In his review, Stokes favoured her sympathy in carving stones, so that 'their unstressed rounded shapes magnify the equality of radiance so typical of stone'; he saw pebbles as 'essential shapes' achieved through smoothing and rubbing. This served as a preliminary to his discussion of Composition, a work identifiable from his description with the lost Figure Mother and ChildBH His discussion of the hierarchical and implicitly psychological relationship between the two elements was deliberately couched in more widely applicable terms: The stone is beautifully rubbed: This is the child which the mother owns with all her weight, a child that is of the block yet separate, beyond her womb yet of her being.
So poignant are these shapes of stone, that in spite of the degree in which a more representational aim and treatment have been avoided, no one could mistake the underlying subject of the group. In this case at least the abstractions employed enforce a vast certainty. It is not a matter of a mother and child group represented in stone. Miss Hepworth's stone is a mother, her huge pebble its child.
Both the discussion of the pebble-like form of the stone and the play between representation and abstraction are applicable to Mother and Child, More particularly, the psychological interpretation of the separation of child from mother was of crucial and - the writer implies - universal significance. From Hepworth's response to his assistance over Unit One in the following month, it may be assumed that she found his interpretation acceptable.
Writing to Nicholson, she claimed: His [Stokes's] whole life is built on a very sensitive perception of other people's thoughts. His thought is not that of limitation but of this: She needs to live her own life, in her own generation. You need space in your life for your own partner, and best friend mothers can become jealous of husbands or be too involved.
To have a fulfilling relationship with your partner, your mother needs to take a supportive back seat in your life.
Mother and Child
The Sunday night caller The Sunday night caller This daughter tends to call her mother weekly, and probably lives in a different city from her. These women have a good relationship but the daughter values her independence and is selective about the aspects of her life she shares with her mother. To move away from your parents and live your own life is normal, says Bristow. It can be a sign that the relationship is strong and can tolerate distance. The question is, is there distance in more ways than one?
If you were upset or thrilled by something, would you still only ring once a week? To Bristow, this is a poignant, honest example of a healthy parent-child relationship. That is called parenthood! You might have kids who share what you love and you might not, and in a healthy relationship you accommodate the differences.
What matters is that your bond can tolerate this; that you can argue, make up and still love each other. The mother is pleased to be involved and enjoys time with her grandchildren. The daughter enjoys the free babysitting. However, these mothers can occasionally feel unappreciated by daughters who are prone to occasionally take advantage. I do feel she takes me for granted.