Part of Barbara Hepworth’s 1970 series of screenprints, Opposing Forms
, the strokes of magenta alongside the black line and cream-coloured ground and accents in this print are certainly suitably evocative of their namesake flower in Orchid
. Employing some of her characteristic motifs for the print, Hepworth interestingly chooses to concentrate the print into a portrait orientation in the centre of a landscape piece of paper, signing the piece in the bottom right-hand corner.
Date of work
Original: Screenprint on paper 58.2 x 77.5 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.