Henry Moore: From Bones and Stones to Sketches and Sculptures

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9780027358124: Henry Moore: From Bones and Stones to Sketches and Sculptures

With a simple text and photographs, this book invites young readers to explore one man's creative process.

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``Published with the cooperation of the Henry Moore Foundation,'' a handsome book illustrated with some of Moore's preparatory sketches and photos of his own work plus many other excellent b&w photos: a brief, intelligent, and inviting introduction to a sculptor who has been called ``the most famous sculptor of the twentieth century.'' ``Most famous'' isn't equivalent to best, and Picasso, too, was a sculptor; still, Moore's reputation is as monumental as his splendid works of art. Gardner's succinct text captions photos of his studio, with the ordinary and extraordinary objects that--with his family-- inspired him, and shows how his pieces grew from small maquettes that he pondered while ``His eyes and fingers followed the curves over and around,'' living with them for months before he translated them into huge sculptures. A beautifully crafted book that conveys a great deal about all artists while giving the unique flavor of one. Biographical note; titles, dates, sizes, but (unfortunately) not the locations of the art. (Biography. 5- 10) -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

From Publishers Weekly:

Combining photographs, drawings and a simple but eloquent text, Gardner's introduction to the sculptor's life and work is itself a small marvel of artistic sensibility. Penetrating and sensuous black-and-white photographs (many by the subject's longtime friend David Finn) show an elfin Henry Moore (1898-1986) intently at work amid the rocks, stones and other natural objects that inspired him; the spare and elegant narrative, describing the sculptor's happy personal life and deliberate creative process, approaches the poetic: "The shapes of objects gathered from nature slept in his mind." An inventive photographic journey through Moore's oeuvre--the layout often echoes the sculptor's formal playfulness--allows ample room for the reader's own imagination to stretch, as the children's drawings included here attest. This lovingly produced book on art appreciation teaches by example rather than by preaching; the result is a finely tuned meditation that recreates the magical aura of a subtle artist's work with remarkable success. Ages 5-7.
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