Art print (35.6 x 28 cm) featuring Glacier Chasm by Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, 1951 from the collection of the National Galleries of Scotland.
Wilhelmina Barns-Graham’s paintings respond to geological formations and the natural environment, from seaside rocks to glaciers. ‘Glacier Chasm’ was painted following the the artist’s visit to the Grindelwald glaciers in Switzerland in 1949.
In 1965 she wrote of the glaciers: “This likeness to glass and transparency combined with solid rough ridges made me wish to combine in a work all angles at once, from above, through and all around, as a bird flies, a total experience.”
Wilhelmina Barns-Graham CBE (8 June 1912 – 26 January 2004) was one of the foremost British abstract artists, a member of the influential Penwith Society of Arts. Born in St Andrews, Barns-Graham studied at Edinburgh College of Art from 1932 to 1937, where she became interested in abstract art. She moved to St Ives in Cornwall in 1940, finding among the modernist artists who had settled there (including Naum Gabo, Ben Nicholson and Barbara Hepworth) a sympathetic environment for her developing work.