was a city in ancient Greece. According to legend, it was named by the hero Perseus, who is said to have named it either after the cap (mykēs) of the sheath of his sword, or after a mushroom he had plucked on the site. A famous archaeological site, it was thought to be the kingdom of the legendary king Agamemnon. Hepworth’s use of lines, white, black and red areas here make it feel reminiscent of Piet Modrian’s Composition B (No.II) with Red
, 1935, but remains very distinctly characteristic of Hepworth herself.
Date of work
Original: Lithograph on paper 81 x 58.4 cm Tate Presented by Curwen Studio 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.