Elephant Skull Etchings

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Elephant Skull Etchings

In 1968, Moore was gifted a magnificent elephant skull by Juliette Huxley and her husband Julian, the well-known biologist. The Huxleys knew of Moore's interest in the forms, shapes and particular structure of bones - possessing qualities of both lightness and strength - and as the London atmosphere was damaging the specimen, they offered it to the artist. Moore created prints exploring the skull's complex form: "By bringing the skull very close to me and drawing various details I found so many contrasts in form and shape that I began to see in it great deserts and rocky landscapes, big caves in the sides of hills, great pieces of architecture, columns and dungeons..." - Henry Moore, 1970