"Seated Figure V", 1974, lithograph on brown TH Saunders paper, image size 222x168mm; 8 3/4" x 6 5/8"; sheet size 495x425mm, 19 1/2" x 16 3/4", full margins. Signed and numbered (aside from the edition of 50) in pencil, lower margin. Published and printed by the artist, Much Hadham/Curwen Prints, London. A very good impression [Cramer 411].
Henry Moore (1898-1986) was born in Castlewood, Yorkshire. He attended the Leeds Art School and the Royal College of Art, London. Although he never made the abstract his major concern, Moore's work is more or less in the abstract idiom. He was an outstanding draughtsman with a generally unmistakable and immediately recognizable style. His drawings completed as a World War II war artist are considered the most poignant records in existence of the effects of bombing on a civilian population.
Henry Moore's early figurative work evolved quickly from a form seemingly inspired by Mexican art into abstract serpentine forms with ambiguous biomorphic shapes that were characteristic of the arts Arp, Picasso and Miro during the early '30s. For Moore, if shape was to be asserted, it would be more conspicuous if not immediately associated with a reclining women and these entities could be given a form that would evoke a multiplicity of associations and so imply the notion of metamorphosis. Moore's metamorphic forms reveal marvelous and unsuspected likenesses between disparate things, but his revelation is like that of some elemental truth; once recognized, it seems inevitable, it seems right and natural, reasonable and not outlandish or questionable.
Henry Moore's "Seated Figure, V, Wickerwork Chair," is float-mounted in a water-gilt brown/black 749x679mm; 29 1/2" x 26 3/4" Larson-Juhl "Musee" antiqued gold lip reverse cove frame. The outer Raphael cloud white linen and inner Alfa mats are on a raised 8-ply acid and lignin free mat and are protected with Acrylite-AR OP3 (UV) by CYRO ... $3,500.00