Dame Barbara Hepworth (1903-1975) Study for Lisa (Hands to Face) 1949, Jerwood Collection. © Bowness.

Study for Lisa (Hands to Face) 1949

pencil and oil on board
45.7 x 25.4 cm

Study for Lisa (Hands to Face) was executed in 1949, the year that Hepworth bought Trewyn Studios (now the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden) in St Ives, where she lived permanently from December 1950 until her death. The model is a local Cornish girl, Lisa, who sat for several other related drawings.
Hepworth’s technique of drawing over a painted base which had been scraped or rubbed down in places was also shared by her husband, Ben Nicholson. The resulting work gives the impression of spatial depth while conveying the composition through a precise line drawing. Although Study for Lisa (Hands to Face) is a figurative work it relates closely to Hepworth’s sculptures and abstract drawings through the sense of rhythm and curved shapes described by the pencil line.

The artist.
Mr and Mrs F.E. Halliday.
Private Collection, U.K.
Offer Waterman & Co.

London, Lefevre Gallery, New Sculpture and Drawings by Barbara Hepworth, February 1950, no. 41.
Venice, XXV Biennale, British Pavilion, An Exhibition of Works by John Constable, Matthew Smith and Barbara Hepworth, British Council, Summer 1950, no. 119.
Wakefield, City Art Gallery, Barbara Hepworth: Sculpture and Drawings, Festival of Britain, May - July 1951, no. 90: this exhibition toured to York, City Art Gallery, July - August 1951; Manchester, City Art Gallery, September - October 1951.
London, Whitechapel Art Gallery, Barbara Hepworth, Retrospective Exhibition 1927-1954, April - June 1954, no. 129.
St Ives, Parish Church, Exhibition on the Occasion of the Conferment of the Honorary Freedom of the Borough of St Ives on Bernard Leach and Barbara Hepworth, September - October 1968.
Plymouth, City Art Gallery, Barbara Hepworth, June - August 1970, no. 69.
Hastings, Jerwood Gallery, Horizons: Kettle's Yard at Jerwood Gallery, September 2015 - January 2016.
London, Business Design Centre, London Art Fair, Coast, January 2016.
Hastings, Jerwood Gallery, Coast, April - July 2016.
Hastings, Jerwood Gallery, Century: 100 Modern British Artists, October 2016 - January 2017. Hastings, Jerwood Gallery, Jerwood Collection: 25 Years, January - April 2018.
Bristol, Royal West of England Academy, In Relation: Nine Couples who Transformed Modern British Art, June - September 2018.
London, Dickinson at Frieze Art Fair, Formed from Nature: Barbara Hepworth, October 2018.

London, The Drawing Room, Close:Drawn Portraits, November 2018 - February 2019.

Close: Drawn Portraits, Drawing Room London. Published 2018, p. 38.


Joanna Waclawski