The winter solstice – the shortest day of the year in the northern hemisphere. The earth – tilted away from the sun – receives the least amount of sunlight today.
Here’s Winter Solstice by Barbara Hepworth – originally created in 1970 as part of Hepworth’s suite of screenprints and lithographs known as ‘Opposing Forms’.
This work expresses Hepworth’s interest in exploring a harmonious balance in the natural world as opposed to the disintegrating chaos we often interpret. ‘Winter Solstice’ brings to mind its Summer partner ‘Midsummer’ or ‘Summer Solstice, the presence of the moon brings to mind its natural counterpart, sun. (The Tate Gallery)
Here is another Hepworth screenprint – Winter Solstice 1971.
After today the daylight lengthens, the sun returns and the slowly the dark recedes.