Those in favour of returning the Elgin Marbles to Greece could not find a better argument for their exodus than the sculpture at the Leicester Galleries, Leicester-square, by Mr. Henry Moore, who is one of the Professors at the Royal College of Art.
Mr. Courtenay Pollock and those who think with him could postulate that if works such as those at the Leicester Galleries can be produced by one who is responsible for the training of teachers in the chief national art school in England, then the Elgin Marbles have lost all their meaning as fragments of the greatest achievements in plastic art.
The cult of ugliness triumphs at the hands of Mr. Moore. He shows an utter contempt for the natural beauty of women and children, and in doing so, deprives even stone of its value as a means of aesthetic and emotional expression.
Examples such as the “Suckling Child” (1), the “Reclining Woman” (15), and Nos. 17, 23, and 29 make one doubt his seriousness. At any rate, the figures referred to represent in this age of abundant disorder and intellectual self-starvation, the renunciation of the ideas, the forms, and the “austere logic of ancient sculpture” on which the permanent shape and spiritual significance of art are based.