Hepworth was fascinated by the sense of space form and texture in the natural world, which she explored in many of her sculptures. Porthmeor demonstrates this interest. Although it is a two dimensional work, the energetic lines suggest a power and a force. The shapes and texture of the lines recall the techniques used in her sculpture work.
Barbara Hepworth: Sculpture for a Modern World
72.4 x 54 cm
Date of work
Lithograph on paper 72.4 x 54 cm Tate. Presented by Curwen Studio through the Institute of Contemporary Prints 1975 © Bowness, Hepworth Estate
Born in Wakefield in 1903, Hepworth was a pioneer of abstract sculpture. 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, rather than mystic or romantic themes. During the Second World War she moved to St Ives with her husband, artist Ben Nicholson and her children, where she became especially active in the Modernist artist movement. She remained strongly linked with St Ives until her death in 1975.