Manchester Art Gallery

Theatre Group No 3

Dame Barbara Hepworth, 1903 - 1975



Theatre Group No 3

Dame Barbara Hepworth 1903 - 1975

Summary

Barbara Hepworth stated that upon viewing this operation she was struck by the 'extraordinary beauty of purpose and coordination' of the surgeons and nurses. She saw this operation as an animated kind of abstract sculpture. The painting depicts an operating theatre scene with gowned medics working on a patient. The patient is covered with a sheet and is on an operating table in the centre of the picture. There is a light source coming from the upper left. The painting is in oil paint and crayon, largely in the dual colours of green and white, with some grey tones. There are textural areas where the crayon has produced a thick, waxy surface. Soft pencil has been used to develop dark tone, especially around the masks.


Object Name

Theatre Group No 3

Creators Name

Dame Barbara Hepworth

Date Created

1947

Dimensions

unframed: 34.5cm x 49.5cm
framed: 47cm x 62.2cm

accession number

1948.135

Collection Group

fine art
on paper, unique
British
foreign

Place of creation

England

Support

board

Medium

crayon (coloured)
oil paint
pencil
scratching out

On Display

Manchester Art Gallery - Gallery 7
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