Until October, Tate Britain is hosting the first London retrospective of work by Barbara Hepworth (1903–75) for nearly 50 years. It looks at the changing contexts within which Hepworth, one of Britain’s foremost modern artists, was understood over the 20th century. One such context is that of film and photography and, surveying these depictions of Hepworth and her sculpture, the visitor begins to understand how frequently the setting of the landscape – specifically that of Cornwall – was employed.

The first film of Hepworth’s work was Figures in a Landscape, directed by Dudley Shaw Ashton, who ...


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