Henry Moore: Print Maker, National Museum, Belgrade

An exhibition focussing on the art of the most important twentieth-century British sculptor, Henry Moore (1898-1986) who was only fifteen years younger than Meštrović and like him worked in traditional sculptural ways, representing the human form in bronze, marble or wood. But the results were quite different. He was not initially a public artist but a radical, at the forefront of the avant-garde in the 1930s, and committed to abstraction as a universal, revolutionary form. For a while he was important in the English surrealist movement too. He actually came to Belgrade in 1955, for an exhibition of his work which included 35 sculptures, 40 drawings and 2 prints. Anglo-Serbian sculptural connections were cemented when Moore met Tomas Rosandić (of struggling horses fame) and in 1975 the Serbian Academy of Science and Art made Moore an honorary member. This exhibition builds on these earlier connections, but what you have here are 95 prints belonging to the British Council. Most of these are lithographs so they look very like the original pencil, chalk or ink drawings, and they relate quite clearly to his sculptures, as ideas or works in progress. A couple of small bronze moquettes are included too. At the National Museum until 31st October 2014, then in Novi Sad see http://www.britishcouncil.rs/en/henry-moore-exhibition/belgrade My thanks to Odile Charrier.

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Moore, Reclining Figure, c1932, stone

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Moore, Reclining Figures, Lithograph, c1978

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Henry Moore in Belgrade in 1955, greeting the sculptor Tomas Rosandić

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Moore, Print Making, c1970s

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