The Sculpture of Gertrude Hermes


ISBN: 9780853318651
Artist(s): Gertrude Hermes
Author(s): Jane Hill
Format: hardback
Year published: 2011
Publisher: Lund Humphries
Publisher Location: London
Total Pages: 152
Illustrations: Includes 12 colour and 131 b&w illustrations

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A graduate of Leon Underwood’s Brook Green School of Art in London, Gertrude Hermes (1901-83) trained as a painter and sculptor. Hermes and her husband, Blair Hughes-Stanton whom she met at Brook Green, went on to become leading lights in the early twentieth-century’s wood-engraving revival. Although their marriage was short-lived, their exuberant visual inventions for Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress and T.E. Lawrence’s Seven Pillars of Wisdom brought them critical acclaim.

Much has been written about Hermes’ career as a wood engraver. In contrast, her contribution as a sculptor has been somewhat eclipsed – until now.

The Sculpture of Gertrude Hermes presents for the first time a full analysis of the artist’s entire sculptural oeuvre. Along with a comprehensive catalogue of Hermes’ sculpture, Jane Hill provides a full account of the artist’s life in the context of her career as a sculptor. What results is a picture of a pioneering spirit who created busts and heads, functional designs, decorative work and reliefs that are dynamic and unpredictable.

Featuring over 140 images, The Sculpture of Gertrude Hermes is a groundbreaking study of an artist so long associated with one art form. This book redresses the imbalance and creates a new and fresh perspective on an important female artist of the twentieth century.


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