Portrait of Sculptor Henry Moore
In 1966, I went to London with a group of Soviet artists, and had the
opportunity to spend a day with the sculptor Henry Moore. When I returned
to Moscow, I made a life-size portrait of Moore from photographs taken
during my visit to England. Thirty years later, I made this twice life-size
second portrait of Henry Moore.
This portrait comes from an on-going series of work representing Renaissance
and modern artists, as well as some of the great thinkers of the modern
era. As an immigrant artist with a limited command of the English language,
I felt lonely much of the time, and decided to create these sculptures
as companions for myself. In plaster, bronze, and stone, these people
appear very fine, but maybe in real life they were not so very good.
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