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Moore drew inspiration from many sources, including natural forms and ancient sculptures, as well as responding to the challenge of his contemporaries. Both suggestively organic and abstract, Composition is a striking example of his radical inventiveness, confirming how his work came to epitomise modern art in Britain in the 1930s. In the publication Circle, Moore asserted the relevance of abstract art to contemporary society – even in the face of rising conflict – while in the 1937 anthology The Painter’s Object he argued for the validity of surrealism, which infused his personal work at that time.

June 2013