Henry Moore exhibition for Leeds

A major exhibition of prints, etchings and drawings by Henry Moore comes to Leeds next month.

The show, called Henry Moore: Prints and Portfolios, opens at The Henry Moore Institute in The Headrow, Leeds, on February 3 and runs until April 3.

It explores the stories behind the Castleford-born sculptor's graphic work and reveals its connections to literature.

An institute spokeswoman said: "His interest in print making began after World War I and continued until the end of his life.

"It formed an increasingly important part of Moore's work from the 1970s, when he worked with specialist printers and publishers internationally to meet a growing demand for his work.

"These highly collectable editions, the focus of this exhibition, form an important part of The Henry Moore Foundation's collection of works on paper by the artist."

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Many of the etchings and lithographs – which will be seen for the first time in Yorkshire – were made to accompany the work of poets W H Auden,

Stephen Spender, and Charles Baudelaire or to illustrate the work of writers such as Shakespeare, Dante, and Andr Gide.

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Others formed tributes to artists including Picasso, Max Ernst, Joan Mir and Mark Rothko.

His books are dedicated to exploring subjects that the artist had a special interest in such as Elephant Skull, Stonehenge, The Artist's Hand, Mother and Child, and Trees.

The show has been curated by the former Head of Collections and Exhibitions at Perry Green, David Mitchinson, and the institute's new Head of Sculpture Studies at Leeds, Lisa Le Feuvre.

It will runs at the same time as retrospective sculpture and drawings show of Moore's work at Leeds Art Gallery nextdoor from March.

Visit: www.henry-moore.org/hmi/research/research-events