Art Services International Exhibitions

HENRY MOORE: Mother and Child

This exhibition offers a unique opportunity to gain a deeper and richer understanding 

of the personal life of an artist who became in the 1930s and 1940s “the most
famous sculptor throughout the English-speaking world,” in the words of art
critic Herbert Read.

The Mother and Child theme runs through the whole of Henry Moore’s work. 
It is his most fundamental obsession, and the one that brought out the best
of his considerable talents. The earliest example dates to 1922 when he was
still an art student, and in his eighties he stated that he still wanted to make
more works on this subject.

The centerpiece of this exhibition is the set of eight stunning tapestries
on the theme of ‘women and children’ commissioned by Moore and his
daughter.  The tapestries were woven by specialist craftspeople between
1976 and 1979, and then shown to great acclaim at London’s Victoria
and Albert Museum in 1980. The drawings, prints, small and intimate
terracotta and bronze sculptures that make up the rest of the exhibition
cover the period from the birth of Moore’s only child, Mary, to that of
Moore’s first grandchild, Gus.  Considered together, these works  allow the
viewer to see how Moore handled the Mother and Child theme, and the
Family Group --subjects so close to his heart.  The majority of the object are from the family’s collections, and have never been seen in such numbers before.








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