Henry Moore OM, CH
Tube Shelter Perspective 1941

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Henry Moore OM, CH 1898–1986
Tube Shelter Perspective
Date 1941
Medium Graphite, ink, wax and watercolour on paper
Dimensions Support: 483 x 438 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 the National Gallery in 1941. It was described in the catalogue as 'a terrifying vista of recumbent shapes, pale as all underground life tends
to be pale; regimented, as only fear can regiment; helpless yet tense, safe yet listening, uncouth, uprooted, waiting
in the tunnel for the dawn to release them. This is not the descriptive journalism of art.
It is imaginative poetry of a high order.'

September 2002

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