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Henry Moore at Harewood


21 June – 2 November 2014

In the landscape: Large Reclining Figure

In the Terrace Gallery: Henry Moore: In the Arts Council Collection

It had long been an ambition to bring Yorkshire born Henry Moore to Harewood. In 1980 the 7th Earl and Countess of Harewood discussed with him their hopes of one day seeing his work in Harewood’s beautiful landscape. Sadly, Moore died before this ambition was realised. David Lascelles, Earl of Harewood says “I am delighted that my father’s warm encounter with Henry Moore and his wish to see Moore in Harewood’s landscape is to finally be realised. It couldn’t happen in a better summer with so many visitors expected at Harewood for the first stage of the Tour de France.”

Not only did Harewood install one of  Henry Moore’s monumental sculptures outside Harewood House, a 9 metre long work known as `Large Reclining Figure`, but also inside, in the Terrace Gallery, there was an exhibition of almost all the holding of Henry Moore’s work in Arts Council Collection. This was the final opportunity to see these master works together before they go back into storage for some time.

Moore’s representation within the Arts Council Collection is very strong with sculptures and works on paper spanning five decades.  This show consisted of sculptures and works on paper, spanning some 50 years. Seen together, the works provided a succinct history of Henry Moore’s practice between 1929 and 1962, with key creative developments such as his figurative drawings and move into abstraction visible in both two and three dimensions.

Exhibitions of Henry Moore in association with The Henry Moore Foundation and Arts Council Collection