Henry Moore, ‘Madonna and Child studies’, 1943, Waterhouse & Dodd

This work is included in vol. III of the catalogue raisonné of Moore's drawings under no. AG 43.102

Signature: Signed and dated 'Moore 43.' (lower left) and inscribed 'Top lighting' (upper center)

Pierre Loeb Gallery, Paris.
Lee Kolker, New York (circa 1950).
Anon. sale, Sotheby & Co., London, 16 December 1964, lot 127.
Pita Kapnek, Johannesburg; sale, Sotheby & Co., London, 13 December 1967, lot 185.
Vanderwoude Tananbaum Gallery, New York.
Private collection, USA, acquired from the above in January 1986.

About Henry Moore

Often regarded as the father of modern British sculpture, Henry Moore’s large-scale bronze and marble sculptures can be found in public parks and plazas around the world. Working in various styles and mediums, Moore is perhaps best known for his highly abstract and interpretive renditions of the human figure, often portrayed in the reclining position. He was influenced by Classical, Pre-Columbian, and African art, and by Surrealism; his biomorphic style has been compared that of Salvador Dalí and Jean Arp. Moore was a longtime friend and colleague of fellow sculptor Barabara Hepworth, having met at the Leeds School of Art around 1919. He also admired the work of Constantin Brancusi, whose organic abstract style resonated with Moore’s belief that observation of nature is essential to artistic creation. Moore himself inspired many artists including his former studio assistants Anthony Caro and Richard Wentworth.

British, 1898-1986, Castleford, United Kingdom, based in Much Hadham, United Kingdom