Sale: 553 / Contemporary Art Day Sale, June 07. 2024 in Munich Lot 124000457


124000457
Henry Moore
Helmet Heads: Exterior Forms (Interior), 1950.
Mixed media. Gouache, watercolor, black chalk, ...
Estimate:
€ 25,000 - 35,000

 
$ 26,750 - 37,450

Information on buyer's premium, taxation and resale right compensation will be available four weeks before the auction.
Helmet Heads: Exterior Forms (Interior). 1950.
Mixed media. Gouache, watercolor, black chalk, ink and pencil.
Lower right signed and dated, barely legibly inscribed "Interior & Exterior Forms (Interiors)" in top center. On creme wove paper. 29 x 23.2 cm (11.4 x 9.1 in), size of sheet.
With a few more ink pen drawings on the reverse. Page 111 from Henry Moore's sketchbook 1950-51. [CH].
• Besides sculptures, drawings with a sculptural approach to the human form, also occupy an extremely important artistic position in his oeuvre.
• By integrating a smaller form into a larger one, Moore's 'inner and outer forms' are related to elements of his mother-and-child motifs.
• Moore also found inspiration for the integration of smaller forms in prehistoric tools an sculptures from Papua New Guinea
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The work is documented as HMF 2664a in the online Catalogue Raisonné: 1950-1959, at the Henry Moore Foundation, Hertfordshire.

PROVENANCE: Fischer Fine Art Ltd., London.
Dr. Theo Maier-Mohr Collection (acquired from the above in 1985).
Ever since family-owned.

LITERATURE: Ann Garrould, Henry Moore. Complete Drawings, vol. 4 (1950-1976), London/Much Hadham 2003, no. AG 50-51.48 (illu. in black and white).
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Tobias Capwell, Hannah Higham (ed.), ex. cat. Henry Moore. The Helmet Heads, Wallace Collection, London 2019, p. 81 (illu. in black and white, no. 36).
"It is not possible to write about Henry Moore's drawings without also writing about his sculptures. His best drawings are studies for sculptural ideas."
Kenneth Clark, 1974, from: ex. cat. Henry Moore. Ursprung und Vollendung, Munich 1996, p. 70.

"There are three recurring themes in my work: 'mother and child', the 'reclining figure' and the 'inner and outer forms'. In some figures two or even all three themes find realization.“
Henry Moore, from: ex. cat. Henry Moore. Ursprung und Vollendung, Munich 1996, p. 12.

"The inside [is] actually a figure and the outer shell resembles an armor through which it could be protected in battle. I suppose I also had the thought of mother and child in mind and also of birth and the child as an embryo. This is all connected to thoughts of 'inside and outside'."
Henry Moore, in: Philip James (ed.), Über die Plastik. Ein Bildhauer sieht seine Kunst, Munich 1972, p. 275.




124000457
Henry Moore
Helmet Heads: Exterior Forms (Interior), 1950.
Mixed media. Gouache, watercolor, black chalk, ...
Estimate:
€ 25,000 - 35,000

 
$ 26,750 - 37,450

Information on buyer's premium, taxation and resale right compensation will be available four weeks before the auction.