Henry Moore OM, CH
Pale Shelter Scene 1941

Artwork details

Henry Moore OM, CH 1898–1986
Pale Shelter Scene
Date 1941
Medium Watercolour, gouache, ink and chalk on paper
Dimensions Support: 483 x 432 mm
Acquisition Presented by the War Artists Advisory Committee 1946

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Pale Shelter Scene, like Woman Seated
in the Underground, was exhibited
at the Museum of Modern Art in New
York in the summer of 1941, as part of an exhibition called Britain at War. Moore's drawings were presented as modernist interpretations of the tragedy of war.


Popular opinion in the United States was still largely against military involvement
in the war. The exhibition's narrative
of a brother civilisation under threat complemented a wider propaganda campaign to encourage popular support for American intervention.


September 2004

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