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Bill Brandt | Henry Moore

Martina Droth (Editor), Paul Messier (Editor), Lynda Nead (Contributions by), Nicholas Robbins (Contributions by), Audrey Sands (Contributions by), Robert Sutton (Contributions by), John Tagg (Contributions by), Alex Potts (Contributions by), Simon Wallis (Contributions by), Carol Armstrong (Contributions by), Sebastiano Barassi (Contributions by), Eleanor Clayton (Contributions by)


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A close look at the work, relationship, and shared influences of two masterful 20th-century artists

“The camera,” said Orson Welles, “is a medium via which messages reach us from another world.” It was the camera and the circumstances of the Second World War that first brought together Henry Moore (1898–1986) and Bill Brandt (1904–1983). During the Blitz, both artists produced images depicting civilians sheltering in the London Underground. These “shelter pictures” were circulated to millions via popular magazines and today rank as iconic works of their time. This book begins with these wartime works and examines the artists’ intersecting paths in the postwar period. Key themes include war, industry, and the coal mine; landscape and Britain’s great megalithic sites; found objects; and the human body. Special photographic reproduction captures the materiality of the print as a three-dimensional object rather than a flat, disembodied image on the page.

Praise For Bill Brandt | Henry Moore

“A masterful work of scholarship . . . This large-scale, richly illustrated book is a thoughtful examination of the interplay between two brilliant twentieth-century artists.”—Aperture

Shortlisted for the 2020 Paris Photo – Aperture Foundation Photo Book Awards, sponsored by The Aperture Foundation

YC British Art, 9780300251050, 256pp.

Publication Date: February 25, 2020

About the Author

Martina Droth is deputy director of research, exhibitions, and publications and curator of sculpture at the Yale Center for British Art. Paul Messier is director of the Lens Media Lab at the Yale Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage.