N05707 WOMAN SEATED IN THE UNDERGROUND 1941
Inscr. ‘Moore 41’ b.r.
Pen, chalk and gouache, 19×15 (48×38).
Presented by the War Artists' Advisory Committee 1946.
Exh: Britain at War, New York, and Canadian and U.S. tour, 1941–4; New York, Chicago and San Francisco, 1946–7 (86, repr. p.70); British Council tour, Australia, 1947–8 (33, repr.); Berlin (repr.) and Vienna, 1951 (67).
Lit: Neumann, 1959, pp.80–3, repr. pl.49.
Repr: Read, 1944, pl.187; Sweeney, 1946, p.70; Argan, 1948, pl.27.
Neumann sees the seated figure as the female archetype, which is always predominant in Moore's work, in a new spectral aspect inspired by the war, ‘The Great Goddess manifesting herself as mistress of death’; the idea is paralleled in another shelter drawing entitled ‘Three Fates’ (private collection; see Neumann, op. cit., pp.84–5, repr. pl.51; also repr. Read, op. cit., pl.184a, and Read and Sylvester, I, 1957, p.231).
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, II