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McWilliam was a lifelong friend of Henry Moore, and this work has an affinity with some of Moore's monumental female figures, including Reclining Woman, also on show in this room. Influenced by Surrealism, McWilliam had begun making fragmented sculptures in the 1930s. He was interested in the viewer's tendency to 'complete' the missing parts of the sculpture in the mind's eye. His distorted representations of the human figure seemed to reflect the sense of anxiety and moral crisis that followed the Second World War.

August 2004