The sea was an important and recurring theme in Barbara Hepworth’s body of work, appearing often in both her sculptural and printed works. Two spheres, perhaps suggestive of the sun and the moon, appear amongst carefully placed lines, some interconnecting, some simply parallel. Hepworth used lithography techniques to create this print in 1969, during the time that she lived and worked in the Cornish seaside town of St Ives.
Date of work
Original: Lithograph on paper 59.1 x 82.2 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.