Henry Moore OM, CHMask 1928

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Artist
Henry Moore OM, CH (1898‑1986)
Title
Mask
Date 1928
MediumGneiss stone
Dimensionsobject: 212 x 190 x 87 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased with assistance from the Art Fund 1993
Reference
T06696
On display at Tate Britain
Room: 1910

Summary

Between 1924 and 1930 Henry Moore made at least a dozen masks. Carved in stone or cast in concrete, they conformed to what was considered a 'primitive' aesthetic, that is to say one that drew on cultural sources outside classical antiquity and the Renaissance. Roger Fry, an influential commentator greatly admired by Moore, detected within these sources a formal freedom and vitality missing in most nineteenth century European art. Moore himself often commented on the vitality of 'primitive' art, regarding it not merely as 'art before it got smothered in trimmings and surface decoration' but also art which spoke 'the common world language of forms'… (read more)

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