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.

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  • title:
    Ascending Form (Gloria)
  • accession number:
    GMA 5369
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  • materials:
    Bronze
  • date created:
    1958
  • measurements:
    Height: 190.50 cm
  • credit line:
    Accepted by H.M. Government in lieu of Inheritance Tax and allocated to the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art 2013
  • copyright:
    © Bowness for works by Barbara Hepworth
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve

Dame Barbara Hepworth

Dame Barbara Hepworth