Barbara Hepworth: The Sculptor in the Studio explores the enormous impact that Trewyn Studio and Garden had on the sculptors art and life.
A history and a portrait of a unique place, the book illuminates the ways in which the place and the work are bound together. It explores Hepworth’s working environment and the development of her practice over a period of 25 years. The studio, and especially the garden that Hepworth shaped, was the primary and ideal context in which her sculptures were viewed.
Following her death in 1975, Trewyn Studio was opened as the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden, fulfilling the hopes she had expressed at the end of her life. The adaptation of Hepworth’s studio-home to create the Museum is examined in detail. The Museum was given to the Tate Gallery in 1980, becoming the first of Tate’s outstations and helping to lay the foundations for Tate St Ives. It contains the largest group of the artists works, permanently on display in the place in which they were created.
The book presents an intimate story of this remarkable English sculptor at work. Hepworth’s granddaughter, Sophie Bowness, draws on correspondence and family memories and records to offer the first study devoted to Hepworth’s studio in the English seaside town of St. Ives in Cornwall. Bowness’s previous study on Hepworth, Barbara Hepworth: Writings & Conversations, has also been published by Tate.