July 31st to October 17th 2010 – Bridgestone Museum of Art – Ishibashi Foundation
Henry Moore, the pre-eminent British sculptor of the twentieth century, is famous for monumental outdoor sculptures that fuse humanity and nature. Despite his global fame, Moore lived in a small village in the countryside, where he was inspired by the pebbles, bones, and other natural objects he found there.
Moore’s six sculpture was always based on the human form, even when it seemed most abstract. He expressed an organic sense of life in materials that included stone and bronze. The secret of the powerful life force within the organic forms of his sculptures is a humanism that contemporary society tends to make light of.
This exhibition introduces, in addition to six sculptures, forty works on paper, including pastel, watercolors, and lithographs. Preliminary drawings for his sculptures become rare from around 1950 as Moore came to regard his drawings and watercolors as works of art in their own right. The exhibition includes works on paper addressing the Reclining Figure and Mother and Child themes that Moore pursued throughout his life. It also offers the opportunity to see a remarkable series of nineteen Stonehenge prints inspired by that vast and mysterious monument.

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