Henry Moore Drawings: The Art of Seeing

3 April – 27 October 2019

**** Daily Telegraph

Discover another side to Henry Moore in the largest exhibition of his drawings in over 40 years.

Henry Moore is best known for his sculpture: for his large scale bronze works on display in cities throughout the world, for his semi-abstact carvings and representations of the female form. But it was, in fact, thanks to an exhibition of his Shelter drawings at the National Gallery in 1942 that Moore first received widespread recognition in Britain. This new exhibition, featuring over 150 drawings, explores his prolific career on paper.

“Drawing, even for people who cannot draw, even for people not trying to produce a good drawing, makes you look more intensely.”

Henry Moore

Starting with his life studies of the 1920s and ending with the rarely seen, but surprisingly fine late drawings of the 1970s and early 1980s, Henry Moore Drawings: The Art of Seeing will guide you through a continually expanding range of ideas, techniques and formal languages. This long-overdue exhibition will include examples of preparatory studies and ideas for sculpture, prints, studies and copies of works by artists Moore admired (from Picasso to El Greco, Rembrandt and the French Impressionists), studies of the human figure, animals, the landscape and the weather, portraits, designs for textiles and magazine covers, and a large representation of Moore's more famous drawings – the two series in which he chronicled wartime Britain.

Moore was an exceptionally talented draughtsman, producing a body of nearly 7,500 drawings over seven decades; this exhibition will explore the many different ways in which he used drawing. He found that its eclecticism and ease of use made drawing an ideal medium for a wide range of purposes: from a tool to study natural forms or the work of other artists to means for the development of new sculpture, or as a way to experiment with languages and techniques. However, for Moore drawing was not merely a means to an end, but also a medium for finished artwork in its own right – so much so that he was sometimes referred to as a ‘sculptor and painter’.

Henry Moore Drawings: The Art of Seeing features works from our own collections and loans from the Tate, British and International museums and private collectors. The exhibition will be accompanied by a new, richly illustrated book exploring Henry Moore's career in drawing.

Entry to Henry Moore Drawings: The Art of Seeing is included in your ticket to Henry Moore Studios & Gardens. Online tickets are available through Art Tickets, a service provided by the Art Fund.

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The Daily Telegraph

We need artistic images that carry our historical memories, this embody our collective emotions at pivotal moments, event if they are often contradictory. Which is why, 33 years on from his death, Henry Moore is still a highly relevant artist'

Mark Hudson, The Daily Telegraph

Venue details

Venue address

Henry Moore Studios & Gardens
Dane Tree House
Perry Green
SG10 6EE
United Kingdom
T: +44 (0)1279 843 333

Opening times

Opening times 2022:
1 April to 30 October 2022
Wednesdays to Sundays and Bank Holidays, 11am-5pm

Henry Moore Archive:
Open by appointment. Monday to Friday, 10am-4.30pm