Barbara Hepworth was a British artist and sculptor, who represented modernism and modern sculpture.
Ever self-conscious as a woman in a man’s world, Hepworth forged herself a career that earned her international prominence between the 20’s and the 70’s.
After her studies at the Royal College of Art, Hepworth travelled to Italy where she learned how to carve marble from the master sculptor, Giovanni Ardini. Her early work was highly interested in abstraction and art movements on the continent.
In the early 30’s, Hepworth moved to Paris and co-founded the Unit One art movement which sought to unite surrealism and abstraction in British art.
Along with artists such as Ben Nicholson and Naum Gabo, Hepworth was a leading figure in the colony of artists who resided in St Ives during the Second World War. Hepworth was especially active within, and on behalf of, the modernist artistic community in St Ives during its period of post-war international prominence. During this period, Hepworth moved away from working only in stone or wood and began to work with bronze.
After her death in 1975, the studio was designated the Barbara Hepworth Museum in the following year.
This Barbara Hepworth’s ‘Mycenae’ Lithograph, dated from 1969, is available framed and signed. The Tate Gallery holds a copy of this same artwork.