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48 NADFAS REVIEW / SPRING 2011

www.nadfas.org.ukNADFAS REVIEW / SPRING 201149PRIVATE VIEW lasting impression is one of peacefulness- the mother gazes tranquilly towards thehorizon - a universal factor in many ofMoore's figures.Moore famously took cues from nature.Indeed, visitors to his studio at The HenryMoore Foundation can see many of theobjects he collected while out strolling inthe surrounding countryside, amongthem stones, bones, shells and pieces ofdriftwood. The inspiration behind LockingPiecewas actually two small stoneslocked together, and it is fascinating toequate this imposing hunk of bronze withthe rocks and pebbles found at the PerryGreen workshops.Moore's conviction that a sculptureshould have a sense of mystery, andshould hold the viewer's attention for aslong as possible as he or she attemptedto find meaning, is perfectly demonstratedby Large Totem Head. Its sexualsuggestiveness caused a stir when a castof the work was given by a Germandepartment store chain to the city ofNuremberg. However, Moore roundlyrejected psychoanalytic readings of hiswork, declaring: "If I was psychoanalysedI might stop being a sculptor." While attempting to unravel themysteries of some of Moore's mostmonumental works in Hatfield House'sfine landscaped gardens, one can onlyimagine how much Moore would haveapproved of such a setting. MOORE AT HATFIELD 23 April to 30 September 2011 atHatfield House, Hatfield, HertfordshireAL9 5NQ.Admission(Henry Moore, House, Parkand Garden) Adult: £18.50; Concession:£17.50; Child: £11.50 (Henry Moore,Park and Garden) Adult: £12.50;Concession: £11.50; Child: £8. Specialrates for group visits.Exhibition Opening Times:Tue-Sunand Bank Holiday Mondays: 10am-5pm.(NB The house will not be open tovisitors on Tuesdays throughout the year).For more information and to booktickets, visit www.hatfield-house.co.uk or call 01707 287010.A number of other events andactivities are also planned for HatfieldHouse's 400th year. Full details can befound at www.hatfield-house.co.ukTHE HENRY MOORE FOUNDATIONAT PERRY GREENVisitors to the exhibition at Hatfield House may also be interested in visiting the nearbyHenry Moore Foundation at Perry Green.The Foundation welcomes individual visitsand also caters for group visits, includingcoaches. Its Standard Guided Tourincludes a tour of Moore's former house,Hoglands, his studios, and lunch andrefreshments at The Hoops Inn. APremiumTour and Behind-The-Scenes Experienceare also available. For more information orto book a tour, call 01279 844104 or referto advertisement on page 30.Above:In strikingwhite fibreglass,Large RecliningFigure marks astartling contrastwith the otherpieces in theexhibition Left and Bottom:The sculptor'sstudios andhouse at nearbyPerry Green,where he livedfor 40 years