Barbara Hepworth was born in Wakefield and said that the Yorkshire landscape had influenced her approach to sculpture. Hepworth was passionate that her sculpture be ‘allowed to breathe’ outdoors.
The Family of Man is a beautiful representation of figures in the landscape and is one of the last major works Hepworth completed before her death. Family is not only a universal survey of humanity but also a personal history. The sculptures become more sophisticated in composition as they mature, from Young Girl at the bottom of the hill, through Bride and Bridegroom and finally Ultimate Form.