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Moore, Henry
Fjord 74/150 (for W. H. Auden’s “Iceland Revisited”)
1973

One of the greatest sculptors of the twentieth century, Henry Moore was also a highly skilled draughtsman and printmaker. His work in all three media were interrelated, with drawing being a fundamental preparatory stage in his sculptural work and printmaking often resulting from intensive studies of physical forms. In 1973, Moore was commissioned to produce twenty-one images and four loose lithographs to illustrate a book of Auden poems. Moore admired the work of Auden and the two were acquainted for more than thirty years. The book and lithographs were produced in three editions of 150 copies each. Fjord is one of the loose lithographs accompanying the book. Along with the others, it is related to Moore’s “black drawings”, the first of which were made at the behest of the British Government to honour the coal miner’s contribution to the war effort in 1941. These lithographs with their dark, voluminous forms share a mysterious and haunting quality.

 
Moore, Henry
born Castleford, England, 1898; died Much Hadham, England, 1986
Fjord 74/150 (for W. H. Auden’s “Iceland Revisited”)
1973
Lithograph on paper
height / width: 40.60 x 33.60 cm; 15.98 x 13.23 in.
Gift of Mira Godard Gallery
20-063.03

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