Henry Moore: From Paper to Bronze

Waddesdon Manor

17 June – 25 October 2015

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One hundred drawings selected from across the artist’s career are shown alongside two of his most important bronzes.

Although best known as a sculptor, Moore was an incredibly talented draughtsman. He used drawing as a means by which to hone his observation skills, as well as develop ideas for his sculptural creations.

This exhibition accounts for Moore's two-dimensional practice, starting with the figure drawings he made as a student in Leeds. These early works are joined by the Shelter Drawings he produced in the early 1940s, sheep drawings from the 1980s and a selection of his rarely-exhibited final works, such as the shut-eye drawings. Together they demonstrate his commitment to this lesser-known area of his artistic work.

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In order to make the connection between his drawing work and sculptural practice explicit, the display includes two of Moore's iconic bronzes. King and Queen is a piece from one of his most celebrated figural groups, while Hill Arches (HMF), has been chosen for its baroque architectural qualities and is on display in the garden.

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