Barbara Hepworth, St Ives, Cornwall

Another fabulous day in Cornwall, which is not part of England. Perhaps like us, you thought it was? Cornwall is not officially or constitutionally a part of England, but is a separate racial minority in the UK recognised by the EU. Apparently this separation was recognised in 1215 at the signing of the Magna Carta ( just in case you want to know more).

The first view over St Ives is taken from the Tate Gallery cafe through the glass, which helps to cut the cold winds! St Ives was home of an innovative modern art movement in the 20th C, including sculptor Barbara Hepworth. At her museum we loved seeing the studio …

which looked as though she was just about to walk back in ….

The small idyllic garden contained many of her works, surprisingly tactile and attractive.

Our friends asked us to stand inside one sculpture for a photo …

which was lovely really!

The rain stayed off, just one burst splashing through an open car window as I tried to take a photograph, causing us to laugh! Tomorrow the plan is to go out to St Michael's Mount and no rain is forecast.


30 thoughts on “Barbara Hepworth, St Ives, Cornwall

  1. Neat! I, when i was young, was in England for a while at Brockwood Park… a meditation center and school founded by J.Krishnamurti. It was very beautiful there too. Your pictures are great… and the two of you look great! πŸ™‚

    • thanks Thomas, we are having a wonderful time, such kind and caring friends here looking after us πŸ™‚ ….. did you stay long at the meditation centre?

    • hello Annie, we will be home by the end of the month, just over 2 weeks to go now … so excited to hear you are going in July, Ireland is so green and welcoming!

  2. The garden does look gorgeous, Christine – as do the two of you, in that sweet round frame – isn’t the patina (on the sculpture) stunning? Do you think she made it so, or it’s natural?

    • yes, part of the UK like Wales or Scotland …. they told me they used to be considered a county but now it has been recognised that they are not and never have been πŸ™‚

  3. Great pictures as usual Christine. You are in the ancestral homeland of lots of my husband’s family, we are looking forward to seeing it for ourselves. Whetting my appetite bigtime. πŸ˜€

  4. You’ve made it to Cornwall!!! Welcome. You are so right too. We are very proud of our heritage like quite a few regions in Europe and the coastline is stunning. Does it bear any similarity to home? I’m in north cornwall, Bude, so if you happen to be close by any time, it would be amazing to meet up. If not, enjoy your time here. You are having quite a trip. x

  5. Love the sculpture! The garden is so beautiful! What a grand tour you are taking in Spain. I just came back from Spain on Monday πŸ™‚

  6. Simply wonderful, Christine – as always ! What super 2S of the pair of you we are seeing, but you are gaining for your personal archives !

  7. I love sculptures because they are so different as you move from position to position to look at them. You’ve captured Barbara Hepworth’s beautifully. You two in combination with her circles are a work of art too – all that silver and grey!

  8. Thanks so much for introducing me to Barbara’s work — I love big sculptures, and I will be reading more about her tomorrow. That is a great photo of the two of you, as well.

  9. Fascinating Cornwall posts. I hadn’t known Cornwall is not officially or constitutionally a part of England. My family surname originally harks from Cornwall, and I apparently had a past life there also. So it’s been lovely learning about it and seeing and imagining πŸ™‚

  10. Love the sculpture framing the 2 of you. I haven’t made it to Barbara’s garden yet, so thank you for the preview. I shall now go and check your other Cornish posts (my favourite county – and yes I still regard it as a county πŸ˜‰ )
    Jude xx

  11. Dear Christine, You are in my heart today. I miss you. I m so glad your blog is still up in the world. I was guided to it today. I just reread some of the lovely comments you wrote to me on my blog. Always encouraging and positive,
    xxoo Ruth

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