Winter Solstice was originally created in 1970 as part of Hepworth’s suite of screenprints and lithographs known as ‘Opposing Forms’. This work expresses Hepworth’s interest in exploring a harmonious balance in the natural world as opposed to the disintegrating chaos we often interpret. ‘Winter Solstice’ brings to mind its Summer partner ‘Midsummer’ or ‘Summer Solstice, the presence of the moon brings to mind its natural counterpart, sun.
Winter Solstice 1970
Barbara Hepworth: Sculpture for a Modern World
77.4 x 58.5 cm
Date of work
Screenprint on paper 77.4 x 58.5 cm Tate. Presented by Rose and Chris Prater 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.