Art Influencing Art: Henry Moore and Cycladic Art

Sam Warnke


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Art influencing art!
Here we have one of the oldest sculptures in the world influencing modern art, both gorgeous works are in the same museum! Wha!?!?! Awesome….
The drawing on the left is Henry Moore’s “Two Seated Women” which was executed in 1944....Art influencing art!
Here we have one of the oldest sculptures in the world influencing modern art, both gorgeous works are in the same museum! Wha!?!?! Awesome….
The drawing on the left is Henry Moore’s “Two Seated Women” which was executed in 1944....

Art influencing art!

Here we have one of the oldest sculptures in the world influencing modern art, both gorgeous works are in the same museum! Wha!?!?! Awesome….

The drawing on the left is Henry Moore’s “Two Seated Women” which was executed in 1944. The lovely lady on the left was made just a wee bit earlier in time, like a couple thousand years earlier…. 2600–2400 B.C.!

About Mr. Moore’s love of primitive art…

Moore’s sculptures in the twenties and the early thirties are perfect examples of deeply romantic English lyricism with a great feeling for landscape and natural forms. Whilst his early work remained firmly grounded in relatively figurative forms, Moore also rejected tradition, choosing for his inspiration not the classical figures of the Renaissance and the Graeco-Roman tradition but primitive models, as seen in the British Museum and the readily available information on non-western art that was fashionable at the time. One of Moore’s first sculptures to demonstrate his distinctive individual style was the 1929 Reclining Figure in brown Horton stone (LH 59), later sold to the Leeds City Art Gallery.

About Ms. Cycladic mystery…

Despite much scholarly endeavour then, there is still great mystery surrounding these statues and perhaps this is part of their appeal. One of the problems with Cycladic art is that it is very much a victim of its own success. Appreciated by artists such as Pablo Picasso and Henry Moore in the 20th century CE, a vogue for anything Cycladic arose which unfortunately resulted in the illegal traffic of looted goods from the Cyclades. The result is that many of the Cycladic art objects now in western museums have no provenance of any description, compounding the difficulties for scholars to ascertain their function in Cycladic culture. These objects are, nevertheless, part of the few tangible remains of a culture which no longer exists and without a form of writing the members of that culture are unable to explain for themselves the true significance of these objects and we are left to imagine the function and faces behind these enigmatic sculptures which continue to fascinate more than three millennia after their original manufacture.

Info. via:
Cycladic statue: http://www.ancient.eu.com/article/457/
Henry Moore: http://www.henry-moore.org/pg/archive/henry-moores-life/1926–1935

Images
Cycladic statue: http://www.metmuseum.org/collections/search-the-collections/255275
Henry Moore:
http://www.metmuseum.org/Collections/search-the-collections/489606?rpp=60&pg=1&ft=Henry+Moore&pos=30

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