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Ideas for Sculpture; verso: Reclining figure on a pedestal

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British (Castleford, W. Yorks, U.K. 1898 - 1986 Much Hadham, Herts, U.K.)
Ideas for Sculpture; verso: Reclining figure on a pedestal, 1940
Drawing
British
,
20th century
Watercolor, gouache, black ink, colored crayons, orange resinous ink, transparent crayon (wax resist), incised lines on off-white wove paper; verso: black chalk
42.8 x 25.4 cm (16 7/8 x 10 in.)
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Lois Orswell
, 1993.232
Commentary
Label from "A Decade of Collecting: Recent Acquisitions of Prints and Drawings from 1480 to 1940," Fogg, 2000:
This drawing was once part of a sketchbook from 1939–40, of which forty-two pages are known. Moore filled countless notebooks with richly varied explorations of sculptural forms. The sideways stringed "head" at the upper right is related to a diminutive (512 inches high) lead-and-string sculpture from 1939. In the late 1930s Moore began to experiment with wax crayons and watercolor to create a resist. After drawing on the paper with transparent crayon, he would apply watercolor to the whole; the drawn areas would not "take" the washes and would emerge from the background. The drawing would then be embellished with ink and colored crayon to describe and animate the forms. --Miriam Stewart
Marks
signed: l.r., black ink: Moore 40
Provenance
[Buchholz Gallery, Curt Valentin, New York, New York], sold; to Lois Orswell, Pomfret Center, Connecticut, 1944, gift; to Harvard University Art Museums, 1993.
Bibliography
Ann Garrould, ed., Henry Moore: Complete Drawings 1930-39, Lund Humphries (London, 1998), no. AG 39-40.37/HMF 1489, repr.

Dorothy Kosinski, Henry Moore: Sculpting the 20th Century, exh. cat., Dallas Museum of Art/Yale University Press (Dallas, Tx, New Haven, CT and London, England, 2001), cat. no. 152, fig. 152

Marjorie B. Cohn and Sarah Kianovsky, Lois Orswell, David Smith, and Modern Art, exh. cat., Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 2002), cat. no. 174, fig. 18 (color), pp. 47, 130, 371, 373, 380, 381

Exhibition History
20th Century Abstract Painting and Sculpture, Rhode Island School of Design, Museum of Art, Providence, 04/16/1947 - 05/18/1947
A Century of Sculpture, Rhode Island School of Design, Museum of Art, Providence, 03/30/1950 - 05/18/1950
Henry Moore: Sculpting the 20th Century, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, 02/25/2001 - 05/27/2001, 152
20th Century Art in New England, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, Boston, 05/06/1948 - 06/30/1948
[Benefit exhibition for the Boston Arts Festival], Margaret Brown Gallery, Boston, 05/08/1956 - 05/29/1956
A Decade of Collecting: Recent Acquisitions of Prints and Drawings from 1480 to 1940, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 03/25/2000 - 07/02/2000
Lois Orswell, David Smith, and Modern Art, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 09/21/2002 - 02/16/2003
Under Cover: Artists' Sketchbooks, Harvard University Art Museums, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 08/01/2006 - 10/22/2006
Ancient to Modern, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 01/31/2012 - 06/01/2013