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MOORE, Henry - SWEENEY, James Johnson.

Henry Moore.

New York: The Museum of Modern Art in collaboration with The Art Institute of Chicago, The San Francisco Museum of Art, 1946 Stock Code: 87773
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Inscribed by Henry Moore

First edition, first printing, of this important monograph. Presentation copy from Moore, inscribed on the front free endpaper, "To Eric, from Henry, July 5th 1947". The recipient may be the British art critic Eric Newton (1893-1965), a personal friend of Moore and a champion of his work; Newton became a household name in Britain in the 1950s largely through his BBC radio talks and the arts series The Critics.

The show that opened at the Museum of Modern Art in December 1946 was a key moment in the establishment of Moore's international reputation and "attracted 158,000 visitors in three months, before travelling to the Art Institute of Chicago and the San Francisco Museum of Art" (ODNB). Art historian Dr Pauline Rose argues that it was this rather than Moore's success at the Venice biennale in 1948 that really brought him world-wide recognition (see "Launching Moore's International Career: Henry Moore at the Museum of Modern Art, New York 1946", Tate.org).

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Small quarto. Original grey cloth, titles to spine and front cover in yellow. With dust jacket.


Illustrated throughout in colour and monochrome.


Spine lightly bumped, white panels of dust jacket rubbed, with a couple of minor tears to edges. A very good copy.


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