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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Thames and Hudson Ltd; New edition edition (24 Feb. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 050028072X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500280720
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 0.1 x 2.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 60,534 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A cult object... this gem of a sketchbook gives a rare close-up glimpse into the private inspirations of this enigmatic giant of 20th-century British art'
--The Art Book

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55 of 58 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 May 2003
Format: Paperback
I bought this book not only as an admirer of Moore's sculpture, but also as someone who had failed to capture the sheepiness of sheep during several bouts of sketching this spring. I wanted to see what a true great had done rather than be influenced by the "learn to draw animals in five seconds" type titles that are all too common.
What you get in this book is a facsimile of Moore's sketchbook, reproduced in such a way that you fear the ink from his felt-tip pen may still be seeping through the paper - the reverse of each sheet is exactly as you would expect on a real sketch book.
If you like the cover picture, you will like the innards. If you don't, you won't because it is all more of the same. As a sculptor, Moore is clearly concerned with form and texture. His biro and felt-tips, despite being unforgiving media, capture these perfectly.
The commentary from Kenneth Clark adds very little to the value of the book, and Moore himself adds few insights beyond the drawings.
In short, if you like Moore's work or you like good, lively drawings (of sheep), then this book is for you. If you feel you need some analysis to go with the pictures, or that an entire sketch book filled with one subject isn't your cup of tea, then look elsewhere. There are plenty of books around that analyse art to death. For me the refreshing thing about this slim volume is that it lets the reader decide. For that alone, I will keep returning to this title in idle moments
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By tigz on 4 Jan. 2011
Format: Hardcover
I bought this as a present for my mother who not only loves sheep but is also an artist who has always admired Henry Moore's sculptures. It seemed like the perfect present and it was - she LOVED it! The pictures are amazing, simple masterpieces reproduced in this beautiful book. It's going to keep her happy for a very long time!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Kelly on 4 April 2010
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I really enjoy looking at this book - the sheep just make me smile. They become more animated as Moore sees them as individuals. As a sculptor he draws them with great form, you can almost feel the mass of the bodies. Most encouraging for other artists is the way in which these sketches show a progression in drawing quality - even great artist improve with practise! Moore uses the simplest of materials - mostly ball point pens - proving that good art does not necessarily require elaborate or expensive equipment. A book to treasure.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By BlueSkiesForever on 9 Jun. 2010
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Who could ever have imagined that sheep could be so interesting or so individual? This book appears to be a reproduction of a sketchbook that Henry Moore gifted to his daughter (the handwritten dedication page is included). It is full of sheep: some alone, some with young; some looking at us, some absorbed in their own little sheep world, thinking about whatever it is sheep think about (grass?). Moore even manages to convince me that there's something attractive about them. Actually, there is something attractive about them, at least when rendered in ink anyway.

It's not just the unexpected subject matter that makes this book so compelling though. When i say this is a reproduction i really do mean that: where the ink of the drawing went through the page on the original for instance, marking the other side of the paper, that leakage is reproduced in the book. This creates an intimacy which is touching.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. L. B. Shaw-miller on 16 Jan. 2010
Format: Hardcover
This is a beautiful book which appeals to young people (it is dedicated to his daughter, Mary). Because Henry Moore captures the casual movements and expressions of sheep, but draws them impeccably, he helps us to look afresh ourselves, notice what is essential in a creature that we might otherwise take for granted. Very good for young people who are learning to draw, and inspiring for any receptive eye.
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Most of the crits on this page are by people who are primarily charmed by the "cuteness" of the subject matter. But there are some very serious points that need to be made about this remarkable book. It is a fascimile of one of Moore's sketchbooks, showing each page in sequence. The sketches were made in February 1972 as the artist looked out of his studio window at grazing sheep. The drawings were executed in ballpoint pen, sometimes with wash, felt tip pen, and other media as highlights.

This book therefore enables you to see how the artist works with one subject, drawing by drawing, over a set period of time. Sometimes he does a large drawing, filling the page with a considered composition. Mostly he does several smaller pieces, putting them around a page, trying to reach a satisfactory image. There are precise renderings, more schematic jottings; drawings attending to resemblance, others analysing form. Some drawings are of sheep, although some are adjusted into biomorphic masses ready to be translated into Moore's distinctive abstract sculptures. Especially intriguing is Moore's constantly zigzagging lines, the way they gyrate and twist.

It is a useful and stimulating book. A joy to go through, and especially useful for teaching art students. I do wish there were more like it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. A. Grigg on 24 Nov. 2013
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A great book for lovers of sheep - beautifully illustrated and really capturing the personalities of these fascinating amimals - Yes, sheep do have personalities!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S. Mackay on 9 May 2010
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Excellent book and good value, demonstrates the all round artistic skills Moore posessed. Touching from the perspective the book was for his daughter.
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