Dame Barbara Hepworth
Sea Form (Porthmeor) 1958

Artwork details

Sea Form (Porthmeor)
Date 1958
Medium Bronze on wooden base
Dimensions Object: 830 x 1135 x 355 mm
Acquisition Presented by the artist 1967
On display at Tate Britain
Room: 1950

Display caption

Porthmeor is a beach close to Hepworth’s studio in St Ives, Cornwall. A critic thought this sculpture ‘seems to belong to the living world of the sea.’ However, the curling lip of the bronze is quite a literal representation of a breaking wave. At Porthmeor, Hepworth loved to watch the changing tide, the movement of sand and wind and the footprints of men and birds. For her, the rhythm of the tides was part of a natural order to which humankind also belongs.

August 2004

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