Still from the film 'Dora Gordine Ars Gratia Artis', 2018. Photo credit: 2018 Viking Visionary Films

Originally published on Art UK.

'If people really want to know me, let them look at my sculpture, because words are not my medium at all. It is sculpture that is my medium.' – Dora Gordine

In 1938, Dora Gordine (1895–1991) was at the height of her career and lauded for being 'possibly the finest woman sculptor in the world.' A fiercely passionate artist who was uncompromising in her artistic vision and personal life, Gordine would become the first woman to have her sculpture acquired by the Tate collection. In 1963, one of her sculptures was personally unveiled by Elizabeth II.

So why did Gordine – a pioneering female artist and charismatic force of energy – fall from the limelight?

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