Henry Moore OM, CH
Shelter Scene: Bunks and Sleepers 1941

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Henry Moore OM, CH 1898–1986
Shelter Scene: Bunks and Sleepers
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
On loan to Museo Nazionale Romano - Baths of Diocletian (Rome, Italy)

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This picture was exhibited at an exhibition called War Pictures at the National Gallery in 1941. It was also reproduced in the exhibition catalogue. In his catalogue essay, the critic Eric Newton compared
the war between Germany and Britain
to 'the fundamental opposition between the sea's restless power and the land's opposing firmness'. The wave-like undulations of the figures lying in the foreground of the drawing and the vertical cliff of figures on the bunks correspond remarkably with Newton's analogy.

September 2004

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