Barbara Hepworth

Today’s Google Doodle celebrates the life and work of English sculptor Barbara Hepworth (1903 – 1975).
She was one of the few female artists of her generation to achieve international fame, and was named Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1965 for her invaluable contribution to British art.
Her work exemplifies the story of British Modernism: according to the Encyclopedia Britannica, she produced some of the earliest abstract sculptures in England.
She was concerned with form and abstraction and practised “direct carving”, a technique by which the sculpting process is influenced by the qualities of the raw materials, rather than by a carefully worked out preliminary model

It is on this day in 1939 that she arrived in St. Ives (Cornwall), a town on Britain’s southwest coast, which remained her home for their rest of her life.
In 1949 she bought Trewyn Studio where she produced most of her best-known works. She found it really inspirational and said that “finding Trewyn Studio was sort of magic. Here was a studio, a yard, and garden where I could work in open air and space.”

Her name is still intertwined with the history and culture of St Ives, where her studio and Sculpture Garden are the destination of numerous visits by tourists and artists.
St. Ives became refuge for many artists during the war and a colony for a lot of younger British artists whose paintings and sculptures were inspired by this small fishing town.

And it was in St. Ives, in her beloved studio-home, that Barbara Hepworth was burnt to death, in 1975, at the age of 73, in an accidental fire, which is believed to have been caused by a cigarette that set her bedclothes on fire.


(flickr: George Rex)

38 thoughts on “Barbara Hepworth

  1. Great post dear Luisa, Woman rocks 😉🙏👍
    by the way, it seems that all your WP posts are blocked by FB! I don’t know if you’ve tried with direct sharing into your page on FB, I have managed that my post gets directly into my page on FB.
    PS: I like to see your page but when I give the Stories in the search machine, Facebook shows me something else!!

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      1. I’m so sorry; lately I can share posts automatically, but without images (who knows why!?!). Also, the button to share the post on my main profile has disappeared. Do you think they want me to pay to unlock everything?😊 😉 😏

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      2. They want us pay, I have got permanently offers about 5€ credit and I have ignored! The paying ist not important, the main thing is that you post more on your page that it updates itself and comes more on the main stream 😉, I think it is the way to get more likes then they don’t talk about money anymore. It is really funny, we want to have a page and they think that we want to make a business 🤣

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      3. Actually, when we have the Facebook button beneath the article everyone can share it on Facebook, I don’t know what a trick is in, must try to share mine to look what happens 🙄

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  2. LUISA THANK You for this story , my two lady friends. And I enjoyed it . What an amazing & exciting life for this woman And how great for us to have the opportunity to learn about it .🐕😇

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      1. 🦋🐾🐿HELLO MY LOVEY FRIEND, WARM THOUGHTS FROM HERE IN UPSTATE NEW YORK .ITS A BEAUTIFUL DAY ABOUT 2:30 P.M. WEDSDAY IM GETTING THREE FRIENDS TOGETHER AT EARLY EVENING FOR DINNER . WE ARE ALL MISSING OUR HUSBANDS , SO I’VE TOLD THEM ABOUT YOU , AND HOW YOU’VE BROUGHT JOYFUL MEMORIES BACK TO ME THROUGH YOUR BLOG (COLUMN) . ENCOURAGING ALL OF US DAILY LOVE SHARON 😸

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      2. YESTERDAY’S LITTLE DINNER. WENT FINE BUT , IT ONLY MAKES ME MISS GENE MORE. THREE OTHER LADIES CAME ALL OLDER THEN MYSELF ALL WITH CHILDREN & GRANDCHILDREN ALL HAD HOMES WAY BEFORE ME , ALL HAD VERY DIFFERENT MEMORIES OF CHILDHOOD THEN I . ALL VERY SARCASTIC AND HARD. WITHOUT ANY REASON TO BE . ALL MADE FUN OF ME FOR MY LOVE AND CARE FOR BIRDS AND ANIMALS, LAUGHED AT ME AND PUT ME DOWN FOR WANTING TO KEEP MY NATURAL HAIR COLOR AND CLASSIC STYLE IN CLOTHING . ALL QUICKLY BECAME IRRITATED WHEN A YOUNG MAN I KNEW CAME TO THE TABLE KISSED MY HAND TOLD ME I LOOKED WELL AND LEFT . SOME WOMEN IN AMERICA ARE NOT SUPPORTIVE OF OF THEIR PEERS AND ARE SOOOOO JEALOUS THAT THEY’RE BLINDED. I BELIEVE IN BUILDING EACH OTHER UP , MALE FEMALE YOUNG OLD . I TRY TO ALWAYS SET AN EXAMPLE WHERE EVER I GO . LIFE. IS JUST TOO SHORT TO BE A PAIN – IN – THE – AS- 😎😈 🤸‍♀️🎀

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      3. I’m so sorry your dinner wasn’t as good as you expected. Sometimes people are callous, envious and tough. But please don’t be sad and carry on as you are, natural, sincere and with a past that has made you so strong and understanding

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