The war pushes her to a land's end, more precisely to St. Ives in Cornwall where a community of artists was established around Bernard Leach's pottery workshop.
A figure by Barbara Hepworth is foreseen for outdoor use, in harmony with the natural sculptures of the rocks by the ocean. Her garden adjoins her studio. She is responsive to the differentiated expression of each point of the seaside attacked by the waves and shaken by the wind. Hepworth knows that her creative ability is directly related to her feminine sensibility.
Her standing monuments can remain isolated or be grouped. Megaliths like in Brittany do not exist in Cornwall and did not influence Hepworth but her artistic language has a similar timeless quality.
In 1960 she tries the bronze. Her assistants help her to position the original plaster around the armature. Bronze is a robust material that does not weaken her void structures and allows the green-brown patina matching the real color of the rocks of the coast. A bronze 2.60 m high was sold for £ 4.2M including premium by Christie's on June 25, 2014.
On June 30 in London, Christie's sells a bronze 2.04 m high titled Sea Form (Atlantic), lot 22 estimated £ 3M, serial number 6 in an edition of 6 plus one artist's proof. This work was conceived in 1964 and cast in London between 1964 and 1966.
The abstract figures by Barbara Hepworth meet a growing interest in the art market. A sculpture 59 cm high executed in 1946 with its inside walls painted in sky blue was sold for $ 5.4M including premium by Christie's on May 12, 2016 over a lower estimate of $ 1.2M.
SOLD for £ 3.55M including premium