Visiting the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden is a unique experience, offering a remarkable insight into the work and outlook of one of Britain's most important twentieth century artists. Sculptures in bronze, stone and wood are on display in the Museum and Garden, along with paintings, drawings and archive material.
Barbara Hepworth first came to live in Cornwall with her husband Ben Nicholson and their young family at the outbreak of war in 1939. She lived and worked in Trewyn studios, now the Hepworth Museum, from 1949 until her death in 1975. 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.
'Finding Trewyn Studio was a sort of magic', wrote Barbara Hepworth; 'here was a studio, a yard and garden where I could work in open air and space'. When she first arrived at Trewyn Studio, Hepworth was still largely preoccupied with stone and wood carving, but during the 1950s she increasingly made sculpture in bronze as well. This led her to create works on a more monumental scale, for which she used the garden as a viewing area. The bronzes now in the garden are seen in the environment for which they were created, and most are in the positions in which the artist herself placed them. The garden itself was laid out by Barbara Hepworth with help from a friend, the composer Priaulx Rainier.
Tash our lecturer wrote:
"I LOVE THAT THEY HAVE PRESERVED HER STUDIO
AND GARDEN ITS A WEIRD MEMORY/TIME STANDS STILL MOMENT. THERES LOADS OF
EERIE FEELINGS IF YOU VISIT STATIC/ROMANTIC/STAID/BEAUTY... ITS THE SMELL.
SENTATION THAT EVERTHING STOPPED... THE GARDEN THOUGH OBVIOUSLY GROWS ON,
WHICH IS ANOTHER ODD CONTRADICTION TO THE HALTING OF TIME... THEY KEEP
TRIMMING IT BACK TO THE ORIGINAL... THINK OTHER SENSES... SMELL IS MEANT TO
BE OUR STRONGEST MEMORY..."
Her work slots into my research quiet nicely as she works mostly with natural elements such as stone and wood. Below are a few examples of her work.