Henry Moore OM, CH Animal Head 1951

Artwork details

Artist
Henry Moore OM, CH 1898–1986
Title
Animal Head
Date 1951
Medium Plaster
Dimensions Object: 270 x 216 x 295 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by the artist 1978
Reference
T02271
On display at Tate Britain
Room: 1950

Display caption

Moore tended to find inspiration for his work in natural forms. Although cast in plaster, Moore’s sculpture has the appearance of a pebble or piece of worn bone, an indefinable organic form that takes on the identity of some hybrid animal. The ghostly, grotesque quality of Animal Head, common to certain of Moore’s other works, carries connotations of decay and mortality.

April 2009

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