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Henry Moore

Series 7 - Episode 3 Henry Moore

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Review

A stash of around 1,500 artworks was discovered in Munich in 2012 in the flat of an elderly German man, Cornelius Gurlitt. Among the hoard was a collage purported to be by Henry Moore. But why would a piece by a British sculptor end up in a collection of Nazi-confiscated art? It’s possible that Hitler considered it “degenerate art”, but it doesn’t explain how it got to Germany.

During his lifetime, Moore made thousands of sketches in preparation for his sculptures and rarely gave them a descriptive title, but this one has no date and no signature either, making it even harder for Fiona Bruce and Philip Mould to authenticate it. Moore’s daughter Mary is encouraging though: “I can see his hand in it,” she announces. But is her confidence alone likely to be enough to get it into Moore’s catalogue raisonné?

Summary

Fiona Bruce and Philip Mould investigate a small watercolour sketch that could be the work of sculptor Henry Moore. The piece was found in 2012 in a hoard of artwork stolen by the Nazis. While the unidentified piece has many characteristics of Moore's work, none of the other artworks recovered were by British artists, so it remains a mystery how it came to be there. The team must not only find out who created it, but also who it belonged to, since it may have been looted from Jewish owners during the Holocaust and will need to be returned to surviving descendants.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Fiona Bruce
Presenter Philip Mould
Director Lucy Swingler
Executive Producer Judith Winnan
Series Producer Lucy Swingler
Arts Education