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NOT SO GENTLE? WAR AND CONFLICT IN THE ART OF HENRY MOORE MONICA BOHM-DUCHEN Tuesday 19 November 2019

The critic Herbert Read once famously described the group of avant-garde artists centred around Henry Moore in Hampstead in the 1930s as “a nest of gentle artists”. When world events demanded, however, Moore was quick to put his art at the service of harsher realities. Prompted by the recent exhibition at Tate Britain, this lecture will trace an unfamiliar aspect of Moore’s oeuvre, from his response to the Spanish Civil War through his work as an official war artist during World War Two to his response to the Holocaust, the Cold War and the continued threat of atomic warfare in the 1960s. 

A not so gentle lecture!

Monica Bohm-Duchen

London-based freelance lecturer, writer and exhibition organizer. Has lectured for Tate, the National Gallery, the Royal Academy of Arts, the Open University, Sotheby's Institute of Art and the Courtauld Institute of Art. Associate Lecturer at Birkbeck College since 2005, and has led many tours. Publications include Understanding Modern Art (1991), Chagall (1998/2001), The Private Life of a Masterpiece (2001),The Art and Life of Josef Herman (2009) and Art and the Second World War (2013). She is the initiator and Creative Director of the nationwide Insiders/Outsiders arts festival (see https://insidersoutsidersfestival.org/), and contributing editor of the companion volume, Insiders/Outsiders: Refugees from Nazi Europe and their Contribution to British Visual Culture (2019).

Image :Echoes of the past: Henry Moore in his Hertfordshire studio - https://secure.i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/01581/moore1_1581202c.jpg