Barbara Hepworth was born in Wakefield, Yorkshire in 1903. She studied at Leeds School of Art and at the Royal College of Art where she began a lifelong friendship with fellow artist, Henry Moore. Hepworth married artist, Ben Nicholson and, together, they visited the studios of many great European artists, such as Picasso, Brancusi and Braque.
Although best known as a sculptor, Hepworth also made a number of prints during her career. These prints, done in the late 1960s and early 1970s are seen as some of the most important examples of British abstract art of the time and have become increasingly hard to find.
In 1963, she received a commission to create the memorial to Dag Hammerskold-Single Form at the United Nations in New York. In 1939, Hepworth moved to St. Ives in Cornwall where she remained for the rest of her life. Tragically, Hepworth died in a fire in her studio in 1975. The studio is currently a museum dedicated to her work.