Henry Moore OM, CH Woman Seated in the Underground 1941

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Woman Seated in the Underground
Date 1941
Medium Gouache, ink, watercolour and crayon on paper
Dimensions Support: 483 x 381 mm
Acquisition Presented by the War Artists Advisory Committee 1946
On loan to Musée du Louvre-Lens (Lens, France)

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Although many of the Shelter Drawings showed groups of people, some concentrated on individuals. In this
picture a lone woman sits apart from
the other shelterers. Swathed in layers
of clothing, she stares out of the picture, anxiously clasping her hands. This sense
of tension is heightened by the abrupt jump from foreground to background
and the network of nervous, scratchy
lines that describe the figure.


The apparent absence of period detail
led some commentators to interpret
such figures as timeless symbols of fear, vulnerability and endurance.


September 2004

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