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Alma-Tadema and Victorian Painting
in the Pérez-Simón Collection

From 25 June to 12 October 2014 (extended closing date)



Autor:
Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema
Título:
The Roses of Heliogabalus (detail)
Fecha:
1888
Técnica:
Oil on canvas
Medidas:
132.7 x 214.4 cm

Ubicacion:
Pérez-Simón Collection, Mexico

Carmen in Spanish collections

From 7 October until 9 November 2014

Special Collaborative Exhibition. Free entry



Autor:
Pablo Picasso
Título:
Illustrations for Le Carmen des Carmen by Prosper Mérimée and Louis Aragon>
Fecha:
1964
Ubicacion:
Bancaja Collection, Valencia
© Sucesión Pablo Picasso, VEGAP, Madrid, 2014
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Autor:
Henry Moore
Título:
Two Mothers Holding Children
Fecha:
1941
Técnica:
Pen, ink, wax crayon and watercolour on paper
Medidas:
38 x 56.4 cm
Úbicacion:
Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid
Numero de inventario
INV. Nr. 681 (1972.16)

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Two Mothers Holding Children, another of the drawings from the series showing people sheltering from the German air raids on London, explores one of the most recurrent themes in Henry Moore’s entire output: motherhood. Following his first Mother and Child of 1924‒25, a large stone sculpture, this motif became an obsession for the artist. The plasticity of the group in this small work on paper, formed by two mothers cradling their children on their laps, protecting them with their mantles, and the organic sinuosity of the forms, are fully consonant with his sculptures. The relationship between inside and outside, another of Moore’s constant formal concerns, makes these shelter drawings the immediate antecedents of the sculpture of the Madonna and child he crafted for Saint Matthew’s church in Northampton in 1944.

In this image of protection and helplessness, the skull-like faces, especially that of the figure on the right, are, as John Russell has pointed out, an allegory of suffering humanity, and the hollows formed by the drapes act as a metaphor of the womb. In this connection Erich Neumann considered that these visionary drawings provided Moore, an artist who devoted his full creative energy to the human figure, with “a unique opportunity to see his inner image of the archetype of the feminine as the sheltering cave in the earth.”

The mixed media drawing is done in ink, wax crayon and watercolour, which Moore had began to use shortly before the outbreak of war. As the artist stated, “experimentation with wax crayons and watercolour shows you a lot of possibilities with this technique.”

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