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June 16 - Oct 01, 2018 Virginia Steele Scott Galleries of American Art

Spirit and Essence, Line and Form: The Graphic Work of Henry Moore

 

Spirit and Essence, Line and Form: The Graphic Work of Henry Moore

Henry Moore, Five Reclining Figures, 1979, lithograph, 19 × 25 in. The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Gift of the Philip and Muriel Berman Foundation. © The Henry Moore Foundation. All Rights Reserved, DACS 2017 / henry-moore.org

Henry Moore, Five Reclining Figures, 1979, lithograph, 19 × 25 in. The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Gift of the Philip and Muriel Berman Foundation. © The Henry Moore Foundation. All Rights Reserved, DACS 2017 / henry-moore.org

 

The most prominent British sculptor of the 20th century, Henry Moore (1898-1986) was also a prolific graphic artist, producing drawings as well as hundreds of prints. His sculptor’s interest in the interrelationship of shape and mass, and in the connections and intersections among different forms, translates eloquently into his graphic work. These intricate, often delicate objects explore the same universal themes found in Moore’s sculpture – the roots of creation, the body, life, and death. Like his sculpture, Moore’s prints examine these primal themes through the language of abstraction, where line and form are imbued with meaning. Moore’s works, both sculptural and graphic, reflect his reactions to the changing political and social climate of his times, as well as the preoccupations of his own life, from the threat of war and nuclear annihilation to the birth of his child. “Spirit and Essence, Line and Form” showcases approximately 25 works on paper culled from the recent gift of some 330 works of Moore’s graphic art from the Philip and Muriel Berman Foundation.

 


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Henry Moore, Mexican Mask, 1974, lithograph, 26 x 19 in. The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Gift of Philip and Muriel Berman Foundation. © The Henry Moore Foundation. All Rights Reserved, DACS 2017 / henry-moore.org

Henry Moore, Mexican Mask, 1974, lithograph, 26 x 19 in. The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Gift of Philip and Muriel Berman Foundation. © The Henry Moore Foundation. All Rights Reserved, DACS 2017 / henry-moore.org

 


Henry Moore, Stonehenge I, 1973, Lithograph, 23 x 18 in. The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Gift of Philip and Muriel Berman Foundation. © The Henry Moore Foundation. All Rights Reserved, DACS 2017 / henry-moore.org

Henry Moore, Stonehenge I, 1973, Lithograph, 23 x 18 in. The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Gift of Philip and Muriel Berman Foundation. © The Henry Moore Foundation. All Rights Reserved, DACS 2017 / henry-moore.org

 


Henry Moore, Reclining Figure, 1967, lithograph, 19 ½ x 15 in. The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Gift of Philip and Muriel Berman Foundation. © The Henry Moore Foundation. All Rights Reserved, DACS 2017 / henry-moore.org

Henry Moore, Reclining Figure, 1967, lithograph, 19 ½ x 15 in. The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Gift of Philip and Muriel Berman Foundation. © The Henry Moore Foundation. All Rights Reserved, DACS 2017 / henry-moore.org

 


Henry Moore, Mother and Child, 1973, lithograph, 20 x 15 in. The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Gift of Philip and Muriel Berman Foundation. © The Henry Moore Foundation. All Rights Reserved, DACS 2017 / henry-moore.org

Henry Moore, Mother and Child, 1973, lithograph, 20 x 15 in. The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Gift of Philip and Muriel Berman Foundation. © The Henry Moore Foundation. All Rights Reserved, DACS 2017 / henry-moore.org

 


Henry Moore, Reclining Figure Cave, 1979, lithograph, 21 x 25 in. The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Gift of Philip and Muriel Berman Foundation. © The Henry Moore Foundation. All Rights Reserved, DACS 2017 / henry-moore.org

Henry Moore, Reclining Figure Cave, 1979, lithograph, 21 x 25 in. The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Gift of Philip and Muriel Berman Foundation. © The Henry Moore Foundation. All Rights Reserved, DACS 2017 / henry-moore.org

 

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