Henry Moore OM, CH

Pale Shelter Scene

1941

On display at Tate Britain

Medium
Watercolour, gouache, ink and chalk on paper
Dimensions
Support: 483 x 432 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by the War Artists Advisory Committee 1946
Reference
N05710

Display caption

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.

 

Gallery label, September 2004

Catalogue entry

N05710 PALE SHELTER SCENE 1941

Not inscribed.
Pen, chalk, watercolour and gouache, 19×17 (48·5×43).
Presented by the War Artists' Advisory Committee 1946.
Exh: Britain at War, New York, and Canadian and U.S. tour, 1941–4 (repr. p.70); Modern Drawings, New York and U.S. tour, 1944–5 (repr. p.81).
Repr: Read, 1944, pl.184b.

See N05706. Based on two drawings in the Shelter Sketch-Books, one inscribed ‘Platform scenes of sleeping people’ (repr. Editions Poetry London, 1944, the uninscribed one in colour).

Published in:
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, II