Henry Moore OM, CH
The Artist’s Hand I 1979

Artwork details

Henry Moore OM, CH 1898–1986
The Artist’s Hand I
Date 1979
Medium Lithograph on paper
Dimensions Image: 277 x 184 mm
Acquisition Presented by the Henry Moore Foundation 1986
View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms

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Henry Moore's subject is the aged body. He made these drawings of his own hands when he was eighty-one and suffering from ill-health. 'Hands can convey so much' he said, 'they can beg or refuse, take or give, be open or clenched, show content or anxiety. They can be young or old, beautiful or deformed'.


Moore saw these prints as belonging
to a long tradition of fascination with hands as vehicles of expression: 'Throughout the history of sculpture
and painting one can find that artists
have shown through the hands the feelings they wished to represent.'


September 2004

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