"The artist hand" Henry Moore Henry Moore's subject is the aged body. He made these drawings of his own hands when he was eighty-one and suffering from ill-health. 'Hands can convey so much' he said, 'they can beg or refuse, take or give, be open or clenched, show content or anxiety. They can be young or old, beautiful or deformed'.
Henry Moore in his Hampstead studio. The story goes, his wife was keen to have him work all the time - his artworks fetched a lot of money even then - but Henry Moore found a way around this. He would sit in a chair in this upstairs studio, with a newspaper and whisky in one hand and a walking stick in the other. Every few minutes he would bang the stick hard on the floor so that the missus would think he was actually sculpting.