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  • Description

    Two abstract sculptural forms, face between them. 1936 Pen and black ink, black chalk and grey wash

  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1936
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 495 millimetres
    • Width: 351 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Signed and dated
  • Curator's comments

    This drawing is based upon a small study in a 1935 sketchbook inscribed "statues". It is also reminiscent of photographs taken by Moore of rough hewn stones awaiting carving which he placed on land he owned at Barfreston in Kent. The stones evoked comparison with prehistoric monuments while the setting prompted Moore to investigate the relationship between sculptural objects and landscape.

    The following label was written by Kim Sloan for Places of the Mind, 2017:
    Moore first visited Stonehenge in 1921 and in the 1930s he made large concrete bases in his Kent garden which reminded him of Avebury. At this time, Moore was also studying the structural nature of objects found in the landscape – bones, trees, stones, shells – creating drawings from them that would morph into ideas for sculpture. The two forms here are based on a small 1935 sketchbook study inscribed ‘statues’ and have an eerie stillness that recalls the Surrealist artist, Giorgio de Chirico, whose work Moore admired.

    See also A. Gruetzner Robins, ''South Country' and other imagined places', in K. Sloan (ed.), Places of the Mind: British watercolour landscapes 1850-1950, (London, 2017), pp. 92-117.


  • Bibliography

    • HMF 1254 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G90

  • Exhibition history

    1991 Jan-April, BM, Recent Acquisitions (no cat.) 2001 Feb-May, Dallas Mus. of Art, 'Henry Moore Retrospective' 2001 June-Sep, San Francisco, Calif.Legion of Honor, 'Henry Moore Retrospective' 2001/2, Washington, DC, NGA, 'Henry Moore Retrospective'
    2008/9 Sep-Jan BM, British Sculptors' Drawings, no cat.
    2010 Feb-Aug, London, Tate Britain, Henry Moore
    2010/11 Sep-Feb Toronto, AG of Ontario, Henry Moore
    2017 23 Feb-27 Aug, London, BM, G90, Places of the Mind: British Landscape watercolours 1850-1950

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  • Acquisition notes

    Accepted by H M Government (the Treasury Commissioners of Inland Revenue) in lieu of tax on the estate of the late Lord Clark of Saltwood and allocated to the British Museum.

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number


Two abstract sculptural forms, face between them. 1936 Pen and black ink, black chalk and grey wash


Two abstract sculptural forms, face between them. 1936 Pen and black ink, black chalk and grey wash

reproduced by permission of the henry moore foundation Reproduced by permission of the Henry Moore Foundation

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