About this artwork

Ascending Form (Gloria) is based on two diamond shapes, a larger sitting on top of a smaller with the outlines delineated by flat planes inside the form. The larger form seems to emerge from the smaller, suggesting growth and upward movement. Several critics have interpreted the shape as a pair of hands in prayer, a reading reinforced by Hepworth’s renewed spirituality during this period of her life following the death of her son, Paul, in 1953.

This artwork is located at the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh.

Updated before 2020

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  • artist:
    Barbara HepworthEnglish (1903 - 1975)
  • title:
    Ascending Form (Gloria)
  • date created:
  • materials:
  • measurements:
    190.50 cm (height)
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Accepted by H.M. Government in lieu of Inheritance Tax and allocated to the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art 2013
  • accession number:
    GMA 5369
  • gallery:
  • artwork photographed by:
    Antonia Reeve
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Barbara Hepworth

Barbara Hepworth