Hepworth moved to Cornwall with her husband Ben Nicholson and their children in 1939. I've had mixed feelings about Hepworth's work in the past, but seeing the studio where she worked and her sculptures in situ was a revelation.
G, having studied stone carving himself, was particularly enthralled by the plethora of tools on display both in her workshop and in the museum downstairs.
The pieces in various stages of completion were intriguing:
And the bronzes in the garden were amazing, each perfectly suited to its unique place in the landscape:
Our second stop, recommended by Diana, was the Yew Tree Gallery near Morvah on the west coast:
The current exhibition 'Full Fathom Five' is stunning. Although the pieces are in many different media, they hang together beautifully, united by a coastal color palette of grays, blues, and greens.
My favorite paintings were by Fiona Millais, who is indeed the great granddaughter of John Everett Millais:
Fiona Millais, Fragments of Coast, 36 x 71 cmWe also met the gallery owner Gilly, who is lovely. When we arrived, she was installing a gorgeous gypsy caravan (which we'd actually passed on the road many miles back!) in the garden opposite the gallery. I wonder if she'd let me come stay?