Ideas For Sculpture; Verso: Reclining Figure On A Pedestal
© President and Fellows of Harvard College
Identification and Creation
Object Number
1993.232
People
Henry Moore, British (Castleford, W. Yorks, U.K. 1898 - 1986 Much Hadham, Herts, U.K.)
Title
Ideas for Sculpture; verso: Reclining figure on a pedestal
Classification
Drawings
Work Type
drawing
Date
1940
Culture
British
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Watercolor, gouache, black ink, colored crayons, orange resinous ink, transparent crayon (wax resist), incised lines on off-white wove paper; verso: black chalk
Dimensions
42.8 x 25.4 cm (16 7/8 x 10 in.)
Inscriptions and 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.
Aquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Lois Orswell
Copyright
© Henry Moore Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Accession Year
1993
Object Number
1993.232
Division
Modern and Contemporary Art
Contact
am_moderncontemporary@harvard.edu
Descriptions
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
Publication History

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

20th Century Art in New England, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, Boston, 05/06/1948 - 06/30/1948

A Century of Sculpture, Rhode Island School of Design, Museum of Art, Providence, 03/30/1950 - 05/18/1950

[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

Henry Moore: Sculpting the 20th Century, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, 02/25/2001 - 05/27/2001

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

Verification Level

3 - Good. Object is well described and information is vetted