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Henry Moore returns home: in London, demonstrate the master's chosen graphics

During the lifetime of his works became recognizable, settling not only in the museum walls, but also in parks, squares in cities of Europe and America. A series of etchings and lithographs of the iconic personality of 20th-century art from the collection of the British Council can be seen today in the capital of the United Kingdom.

Closer to the body

These works were shown in 7 countries of the world, and today they are waiting for their connoisseurs in London. Unusual sense of form, space and material - metal, wood and stone, inherent to Henry Moore (1898−1986), allowed him to create landscapes of bodies and bodies from natural landscapes. The trees in the garden outside the window, his own hands, the little treasures that Henry Moore (Henry Spencer Moore) collected in his studios — bones, shells, bark, stones, roots — were always sources of inspiration.
By the way, the lying figures are the most important topic in Moore's work, circulating in bronze and graphics. On paper, they are no less monumental than in sculpture.Henry Moore wrote: “Following the face of the hand, they are the most expressive part of the human body. Hands can convey so much - they can ask or refuse, take or give, be open or shrink, express anxiety. Perhaps that is why in his work there are so many drawings and engravings depicting the hands - his own and his girlfriend, Nobel Prize winner in chemistry, Dorothy Hodgkin, suffering from debilitating arthritis.Two formsHenry Spencer MooreXX centuryComing from a mining family, at the age of 11, Moore met Michelangelo's work and once and for all decided to become a sculptor. Then there was an art college in Leeds and the Royal College of Art in London, where he once left teaching in order to see Italy. During the First World War, he took part in hostilities and even suffered from gas poisoning. The world spoke about Mura after his personal exhibition at the New York Center for Contemporary Art, and in 1948 the author was awarded an international prize at the Venice Biennale. Among the most famous of his sculptural works is the composition for the Lincoln Center in New York, the editors of the Times magazine in London, the Brussels Bank. Among the interesting facts about Henry Moore is that his wife and associate Irina (Radetskaya) was born in Kiev: father died in 1917, and relatives sent the girl on fake documents to Paris. After some time - the novel of the teacher in the London Royal College of Art, Henry Moore and his students, the wedding, the birth of a daughter ...In addition to the monumental works, Henry Moore created prints that every art lover could afford to buy and hang on the wall in the living room.

In the 1970s – 1980s, Moore created dozens of tree designs, contemplating gardens from the windows of his English and Italian houses. And for good reason! After all, the stillness of the tree, its roots, going to the ground, resemble the stability inherent in sculptures. Today, visitors to the London exhibition can walk along the alleys of a garden grown by Moore on paper.

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Mother and child

These images, as the ratio of the small and the great, the weak and the strong, are the card of Henry Moore's post-war creativity. This is largely due to the birth of his daughter Mary in 1946.Sketches: Mother and child, reclining figure Henry Spencer Mur1977In the years of the Second World War, Moore painted people sharpened by terrible circumstances within the walls of the London Underground, which served as a bomb shelter. “Henry Moore reminds us of the strange, half-human, muffled forms of the sinister nature of sleeping in the tunnels,” the Times critic in 1941 responded. - From these drawings blows surreal horror. "Scene №17 Henry Spencer Moore XX century

Entering the gallery through ... Tweeter

On the occasion of the exhibition of Henry Moore in the hall of the British Council, the organizers decided to introduce to the work and the regulars of social networks, calling them on a Tweeter tour of the exhibition. Attention virtual visitors - a selection of interesting facts and photographs of the exhibits.Well, and those who prefer to see the exhibition "live", we recall that it will last until February 19 in the exhibition hall of the British Council in London (10 Spring Gardens, London).