Liss Llewellyn Fine Art - 20th Century British Art

Dorothy Hepworth (1894-1978)   BIOGRAPHY

Still Life, 1925
Framed (ref: 64)
Oil on canvas, laid on board, 19 x 14 in. (45.8 x 35.6 cm.)


Provenance: Laporte Corporate Art Collection, accession number L64.98
Exhibited: Bloomsbury Workshop, 1999

This still life was painted on Hepworth's return to London, after having spent four years in Paris studying in André Lhote's studio. It is a fusion of the Bloomsbury style (she was associated with and promoted by the Bloomsbury group) and Lhote's machine age classicism.

Hepworth mostly exhibited under the name of her lifelong companion and fellow painter Patricia Preece. As a result, their work has frequently been confused. We are grateful to Michael Dickens for his assistance. He is currently preparing a book on the life and work of Dorothy Hepworth and Patricia Preece.

Dorothy Hepworth (1894-1978)

Painter, and lifelong friend and companion of the painter Patricia Preece, whom she met at the Slade School of Art. While studying there she first showed at the RA and in 1918-19 graduated with first-class honours. With Preece she set up a studio in London, then spent four years with her in Paris, where Hepworth studied at Atelier Colarossi. After returning to England in 1925 they rented cottages in the west of England. By 1927 they had settled in Cookham, Berkshire, where she lived with Preece, even during Preece's bizarre marriage to the painter Stanley Spencer. Much of Patricia Preece's output is known to be by Hepworth. A studio sale was held at Christie's in 1984. Michael Dickens is currently preparing a biography of the artist.

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