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HENRY MOORE MATTHEW SMITH. H. MORTON COLVILE TNot thampron Maaorma is H" Henry Moore s greatest piece of eculpture yet because it is the most human. Until Moore began lo consider the Madonna theme his work concerned itself so much with the idea and the form behind the appearances of nature that it was in dafiger Of be coming an intellectual exercise. His Madonna is both spiritual and human; it has monumental power andit has tender feeling. In this gaLlery there are thirteen models of the Madonna and the family themes. They are fascinatinely interesting because they show the various aspects which were afterwards combined into the concep tion of the completed statue. They are spearheads of lignt into the artist's mind, which help enormeusly towards the better understanding, not only of the Madonna statue but of the earlier more abstract work. Matthew Smith is represented here by two rough and flamhaeyant nudes which are unworthy of his best. and several superb flower pieces and still tiles. But the best Smith is the single landscape, Dieppe Harbour, which is sombre in colouring -and unlike the rest of his exhibits except in the absolute sureness of its achievement. Harry Morton Colvile is a painter of some sensibility. That he can hold his own between Moore and Smith is proof of it. Trees seem to be his favourite subject and he gets a lovely effect, reminiscent of the greatest Cezarme period, in his Thames Valley atudies,—(Berkeley.) . • I. C.

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