Reclining mother and child with grey background. Original lithograph, 1983. Edition of 50 signed and numbered impressions on Arches paper.
Art and Sport portfolio: The Yugoslav Olympic Committee of the Winter Olympic Games Sarajevo 1984 wished to give a certain cultural-artistic accent to this world festivity. The admire of the Olympic idea, those who have a liking for the Olympic winter sports and the art connected with them will be, in agreement with the art publisher Visconti Art Lazo Vujić, honored by creations contributed by world known prominent artist. A portfolio containing sixteen original prints, handsigned and numbered by the artists, is published in a limited edition of 200 originals by each artist. Names like Dorazio, Folon, Greco, Helnwein, Hodgkin, Hwang, Kolar, Moore, Paladino, Pistoletto, Rosenquist, Santomaso, Stupica, Twombly and Warhol guarantee the high quality of the artistic idea and its realization. The size of the original print is 85 x 62 cm. The edition of the original graphic portfolio will be accompanied by limited editions of art posters of the same size, not numbered, but each of them carrying an impression of the inscription “Olympic Games Sarajevo 1984” and its logotype.
The themes proposed by the artists are either winter sports, the Olympic idea or the town of Sarajevo. All the artists remain faithful to their own specific expression, using the formal elements of the language developed through the years of their creative presence in world’s art. So every print included in the portfolio is at the same time a particular contribution to the continuity of their artistic orientation, the theme being an additional iconographic impulse to their visual research. The symbiosis of the Olympic idea and art is certainly an interesting creative proposal that will fascinate art-collectors and sport-lovers as well.
Henry Moore was a world known English sculptor from the second part of the 20th century and his graphics are also famous all around the world. His monumental abstract sculptures are organically shaped and human figure, especially nudes are a common motive in his art, both in sculpture and in other media. Moore returned to the motifs of the mother and child, and the reclining figure all the time, and mostly used abstract form to draw analogies between the human body and the landscape. Influenced by Constructivism and Surrealism, he came to appreciate the importance of abstract form and derived much of his interest in lending a human and psychological dimension to his art. Surrealism certainly encouraged his love of biomorphic forms and suggested how to create a figure’s fragments into parts and reduced to essential shapes. In this graphic, created for the Sarajevo Winter Olympic Games, Moore combined both of his common motives – a mother and a child and reclining nudes with almost abstract shapes.