Originally created in 1970, this print is part of Hepworth’s group of screenprint and lithograph work known as ‘Opposing Forms’. This work explores the harmony, balance and energetic force found in nature. This harmonious balance, for Hepworth, is particularly illustrated in the sun and the moon, two ‘god-like’ presences that commanded the seasons and light and dark.
Two Opposing Forms 1970
Barbara Hepworth: Sculpture for a Modern World
77.2 x 58.3 cm
Date of work
Screenprint on paper 77.2 x 58.3 cm Tate. Presented by Rose and Chris Prater through the Institute of Contemporary Prints 1975 © Bowness, Hepworth Estate © 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.