Taken from an original screenprint by Barbara Hepworth, this print has a green ground, with the half-circles, circles, and curved and straight lines that recur in Hepworth’s body of work. Created whilst living and working in Cornwall, the title Green Man
may well refer to the green man figure that appears in rural British folklore, as a symbol of nature and growth. Usually depicted with features enhanced with foliage and leaves, engravings and carvings of the ‘green man’ appear in churches all over Cornwall.
Date of work
Original: Screenprint on paper 67.3 x 49.8 cm Tate. Presented by Rose and Chris Prater through the Institute of Contemporary Prints 1975 © Bowness
Barbara Hepworth (1903 – 1975) was a pioneer of abstract sculpture. Born in Wakefield, although her distinctive style was abstract, the forms and shapes in her work were based on observation of the natural world such as the Cornish landscape and motherhood. During the Second World War she moved to St Ives, where she became especially active in the Modernist artist movement. She remained strongly linked with St Ives until her death. Following her wish to establish her home and studio as a museum of her work, Trewyn Studio and much of the artist’s work remaining there was given to the nation and placed in the care of the Tate Gallery in 1980, and the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden established.