T00240 FIGURE 1931
Beechwood, 9 3/4×7×4 3/4 (24·75×17·5×12), on base, 7/8×6 3/4×4 3/4 (2×17×12).
Bequeathed by E. C. Gregory 1959.
Coll: Sir Michael Sadler, purchased from the artist through the Leicester Galleries 1933; E. C. Gregory, purchased from the Leicester Galleries 1944.
Exh: Leicester Galleries, November 1933 (4 or 19), as ‘Composition (beechwood)’, both purchased by Sir Michael Sadler; Selected Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture from the Collection of the late Sir Michael Sadler, Leicester Galleries, January–February 1944 (not in catalogue); New York, Chicago and San Francisco, 1946–7 (18); British Council tour, Australia, 1947–8 (10); Wakefield and Manchester, April–July 1949 (23); British Council, Brussels (repr.), Paris, Amsterdam, Hamburg, Düsseldorf and Berne, 1949–50 (17); Arts Council. Tate Gallery, May–July 1951 (84); C.A.S., Seventeen Collectors, Tate Gallery, March–April 1952 (72).
Lit: Read and Sylvester, 1, 1957, p.8, No.11, repr. p.67.
Repr: Read, 1934, pl.21; John Rothenstein, The Tate Gallery, 1962, p.272.
An early example of Moore's development towards abstraction in the first half of the 1930s. In this work the development away from the contemporary more realistic figure carvings was in part determined by the nature of the material; cf. N06078, T00241 and T00385.
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, II