This was Moore's first portfolio, made up of eight full page lithographs plus capital letters and tailpieces for the text, and were made as illustrations to a translation by Andre Guide of Goethe's Prométheé. The illustrations are fairly literal interpretations of scenes from Goethe's epic and typical of Moore's figurative imagery of the time. There are parallels with his sculpture of the time, in particular the use of drapery and stylisation of the shape of the head. Moore made much use of colour in the prints and enjoyed being involved in the details of production, but unfortunately the publication was disappointing and much of the edition of 183 remained unsold.
- Accession Number P640
- Dimensions 31.4 X 24.8 CM
- Media LITHOGRAPH
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