"Drawing in the shelter": the horrors of war from Henry Moore

23 June 2022, 10:00
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Due to Russian military aggression, thousands of Ukrainians are forced to hide in shelters during shelling. All civilized society was struck by the photographs of those who, in the hope of being saved, are waiting for the bombing in the subway. World history has seen this before. Unfortunately, this has happened again.

One of those who managed to reveal the tragedy of the situation was the artist and sculptor from Britain, Henry Moore. "Shelter Drawings", created by the author during the London Blitz, have become a powerful visual image of the Second World War. From the autumn of 1940 until the end of spring 1941, German aircraft carried out a massive bombardment of the capital of Britain. At least 43 thousand people died during this period. Due to the insufficient number of bomb shelters, people went down to live in the subway, where they spent most of their time.

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When Henry saw thousands of hungry, exhausted people sleeping close to each other on platforms and tunnels, he was shocked. It was not possible to draw in the subway, but the horrors discovered underground were so engraved in Moore's memory that he could easily transfer it to paper.

During the Second World War, many works were created that realistically conveyed Nazi atrocities. Henry's creations differed from the paintings of other masters by skillful innuendo. Such a technique conveyed terrible events even more naturally. Thin lines created with a pen accentuate the shape of the bodies. The viewer observes despair, panic and pain. The eerie atmosphere of the dungeon is emphasized by single inclusions of warm tones.

In 1942, the Americans saw the work. Henry Moore hoped that images of British people living underground would provoke the US to enter the war.

On our website, paintings by artists from all over the world are presented in the section "Paintings and Graphics".

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