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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.
oil & crayon on board
H 34.5 x W 49.5 cm
purchased from Messrs Reid and Lefevre, 1948
s(brc): Barbara Hepworth (brc): 21/12/47