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14-July---Henry-Moore,-Two-Two Women And A Child
By Henry Moore, OM
Pencil, wax crayon, coloured crayon, watercolour wash and ink
Signed and dated ‘Moore/40’ (lower right)
Size: 40 x 30 centimetres (15.75 x 11.75 inches)
Estimated price: £76,000-110,000

Henry Moore (1898-1986) remains one of Britain’s greatest and best loved artists. Better known for his sculptural works, Moore was also an excellent and compulsive draughtsman as well as an accomplished printmaker. Moore’s name lives on both through his works and the Henry Moore Institute in Leeds, part of the Henry Moore Foundation which he established in 1977 to encourage appreciation of the visual arts.

This fine detailed drawing focuses on Moore’s attention to the main theme which occupied much of his work, the mother and child and family groups. At this time Moore was preoccupied with resolving technical problems related to his upright figure sculptures and how hollowed-out forms might become self-supporting without becoming unstable. The forms are a progression from the strings he used for articulating figures and anticipates the sculptures solution that Moore found ten years later.

Moore usually used pencil and ink, with chalk and wash to emphasise the modelling, for which his preferred colour was green. In this case he exploited a technique of using wax and coloured crayons as a resist. The shiny surface on the paper, creating a barrier for the watercolour applied afterwards, gave added texture to the surface. In addition, he used what he called ‘sectional lines’ in some aspects of the drawing, the child in particular. Invented by Moore in the 1920s and used frequently in his drawings of the 1940s, the lines cross-sect the figures to emphasise the three-dimensional sculpture forms.

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First published in the Adbuzzzz Section of The DAWN National Weekend Advertiser on June 30, 2013.

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