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Henry Moore - The Drawings: Works on Paper from the Henry Moore Family Collection
July 22, 2010 - October 3, 2010
Halford Gallery
Bernard and Barbro Osher Gallery
Henry Moore, English, 1898-1986 , Reclining Figure, 1972, chinagraph pen, watercolor and felt-tipped pen, Henry Moore Family Collection, © The Henry Moore Foundation. All Rights Reserved / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

For British sculptor Henry Moore (1898-1986) drawing was both ancillary to his three-dimensional body of work and autonomous from it.  This significant exhibition, organized by Hauser & Wirth in collaboration with the Moore family, highlights Moore's prodigious talent as a draftsman, featuring work produced over six decades.  

Moore never abandoned the life-drawing practice he had initiated as a student in Paris in the 1920s. If Moore's sculptural subjects (his reclining figures, for example) furnished him with constraints in which to work, drawing offered him opportunities to refine his "ideas for sculpture" but, just as importantly, to digress from them. 

On paper, Moore worked in an exceptionally diverse variety of media ranging from chalk and crayon to pen and ink, often all in the same drawing; in every case he was as attuned to his materials as he was in his sculpture-indeed, the intense physicality of his drawings could be deemed sculptural.  

This exhibition, supported in part by Hauser & Wirth, presents spectacular selection of diverse works on paper by one of the twentieth century's most celebrated artists. 

Henry Moore, English, 1898-1986 , Seated Woman, 1948, pencil, wax crayon, ink and wash, Henry Moore Family Collection, © The Henry Moore Foundation. All Rights Reserved / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Henry Moore, English, 1898-1986 , Reclining Figure, 1933, charcoal, chalk and ink wash, Henry Moore Family Collection, © The Henry Moore Foundation. All Rights Reserved / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Henry Moore, English, 1898-1986 , Sculptural Objects, 1949, chalk, watercolor and gouache, Henry Moore Family Collection, © The Henry Moore Foundation. All Rights Reserved / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Henry Moore, English, 1898-1986 , Helmet Heads, 1950-1951, pencil, chalk, charcoal, wax crayon, watercolor, ink and gouache, Henry Moore Family Collection and Hauser & Wirth, © The Henry Moore Foundation. All Rights Reserved / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Henry Moore, English, 1898-1986 , Ideas for Sculpture, 1937, pencil and wax crayon, Henry Moore Family Collection, © The Henry Moore Foundation. All Rights Reserved / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York