Henry Moore OM, CH

Figure

1931

On display at Tate Britain

Artist
Henry Moore OM, CH 1898–1986
Medium
Beech
Dimensions
Object: 248 x 178 x 121 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased 1959
Reference
T00240

Display caption

Figure is an early example of Moore’s development towards abstraction in the first half of the 1930s. In this sculpture a figure of a woman is interpreted fluidly, a rendering that is in part determined by the sensitivities of the wood’s grain. It was most likely created in Moore’s Hampstead studio. Its rounded contours, in common with others from this period, relate to the sculptor’s interest in the lines of the landscape, where natural forms are softened and simplified as a consequence of weathering.

Gallery label, September 2016

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How has Moore used the grain of the wood? Curator Chris Stephens

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