Blitz and Blockade Henry Moore at the Hermitage
Authors: Richard Calvocoressi, Mikhail Piotrovsky, Anita Feldman, and Sergei Androsov
Publisher/Date: Fontanka (c. 2011) First Edition. Exhibition Catalogue
Format/Condition: New hardcover book with dust jacket in Near Fine condition: lightly bumped at bottom corner. Profusely illustrated in black-and-white and color. 144 pages. Dimensions: 9.2 x 11.6 inches
Description: Henry Moore's evocative drawings from the so-called 'Shelter' series - sketches made in London's underground when it was used as a bomb shelter during the London Blitz of 1940-41 - provide the heart of this book, with over 70 drawings and 9 sculptures included. However, based on a first-ever collaboration between the Henry Moore Foundation and the Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg, the book also reveals some remarkable parallels with Russia's wartime experience by including drawings sketched in the basements of the Hermitage during the Siege of Leningrad - which started in September 1941 and lasted for 900 days, during which time almost a third of the population died from starvation. Published to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the Siege in 2011, the book also includes documentary photographs of both the Blitz and the Siege of Leningrad.