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The Lively Arts | Henry Moore

How stumbling into the underground one night led to Henry Moore's wartime shelter drawings.

CHANNEL | Home Service

FIRST BROADCAST | 09 October 1966

DURATION | 14 minutes 01 seconds

FIRSTBROADCAST

1966

Synopsis

Edwin Mullins talks to Henry Moore about how his drawings of sleeping figures in underground stations during World War II air raids influenced his later work. He tries to draw the artist out on the subjects of having lived through two world wars and being gassed during World War I, but Moore insists it was the uniquely quiet sense of drama and doom that impressed him about the shelters.

Did you know?

Henry Moore generally played down the effects of his experiences in World War I, but in a letter to a friend written around 1919 or 1920 and subsequently sold at Sotheby's, he did describe the horrors of war. 'If God were 'Almighty', the things I saw and experienced, the great bloodshed and the pain, the insufferable agony and depravity, the tears and the inhuman devilishness of the war, would, could never have been.'

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