Hardback152 PagesSize: 290 x 240 x 19 mm
ISBN: 9780853318651Publication: August 29, 2011
Series: British Sculptors & Sculpture



The Sculpture of Gertrude Hermes

Jane Hill

£50.00 GBP

  • Includes a complete catalogue of Hermes' sculpture
  • Provides a thorough examination of Hermes' career as a sculptor and draws in discussion of her wood engravings
  • Forms part of the respected British Sculptors and Sculpture series


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, who 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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