Dame Barbara Hepworth, ‘Mother and Child’, 1934, © Bowness, Hepworth Estate. Many artists engaged with gender throughout the 20th century and beyond. Hepworth explored motherhood from the perspective of being a creator: both in terms of her being a mother and an artist. Her figures move away from the figurative ( see 1920s work) to the more abstract we can see here. The baby held by the mother becomes simply a stone sphere and the mother evokes the reclining figure of the past.