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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