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When Bill Brandt met Henry Moore

Blog | Feb 06, 2020

Bill Brandt, Nude, East Sussex Coast. Gelatin silver print, 1960 Bill Brandt
Archive, London, © Bill Brandt / Bill Brandt Archive Ltd.

A new show – Bill Brandt/Henry Moore – celebrates the meeting between Brandt the photographer (1904-1983) and Moore the sculptor and painter (1898-1986). More than 200 pictures and sculptures show how both men responded to the British landscape and people. The show is at the Hepworth Wakefield (7th February-31st May 2020); then at the Sainsbury Centre, Norwich (22nd November 2020- 28th February 2021).

The two men met in 1942 when Brandt photographed Moore in his studio for a feature in Lilliput magazine, combining the two artists’ pictures of civilians sheltering in the London Underground during the Blitz. The issue was the first time the two artists’ work was shown side by side.

We’re not showing them quite side by side in this issue of The Oldie. Here is Brandt’s 1960 picture Nude, East Sussex Coast.