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Henry Moore, Standing Figures and Ideas for Sculpture, circa 1948, Pencil, wax crayon, coloured crayon and, watercolour wash on paper, 29 x 24 cm, © The Henry Moore Foundation, Courtesy Henry Moore Family Collection and Hauser & Wirth.

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Henry Moore sketchbooks. During WWII there was verv little call for large scale sculpture. The pages of his sketchbooks of this period show that he was full of ideas for abstract sculptures that would make use of organic and natural forms rather than pure geometrical shapes.

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"The artist hand" Henry Moore Henry Moore's subject is the aged body. He made these drawings of his own hands when he was eighty-one and suffering from ill-health. 'Hands can convey so much' he said, 'they can beg or refuse, take or give, be open or clenched, show content or anxiety. They can be young or old, beautiful or deformed'.

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