Henry Moore OM, CH

Standing Figures

1940

Medium
Wax, coloured pencil, graphite, ink and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 264 x 181 mm
frame: 490 x 400 x 17 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased 1940
Reference
N05210

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This drawing by Moore can be closely associated with his sculptures of the period. Typically, the forms suggest at once human bodies, shells and bones, and interior bodily shapes. For Moore, drawing was a kind of investigative process, which would throw up new ideas for sculpture. Instead of producing a single, resolved image, the sculptor would generally cover the paper with different, half-finished sketches.

Gallery label, September 2004

Catalogue entry

N05210 STANDING FIGURES 1940

Inscr. ‘Moore 40’ b.l.
Pen, chalk and gouache, 10 3/8×7 1/8 (26·5×18).
Purchased from the artist (Knapping Fund) 1940.
Repr: Read, 1944, pl.157b.

A drawing for carvings in wood, though in fact the war prevented Moore from doing any sculpture until the ‘Madonna and Child’ projects of 1943 (see N05600N05603); it was not until 1951–4 that he returned to the ideas of this and other sketches in the sculptures of ‘Internal and External Forms’ (repr. Read, II, 1955, Nos.23–6).

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

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