Henry Moore OM, CHFour-Piece Composition: Reclining Figure 1934

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Artist
Henry Moore OM, CH (1898‑1986)
Title
Four-Piece Composition: Reclining Figure
Date 1934
MediumCumberland alabaster
Dimensionsobject: 175 x 457 x 203 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased with assistance from the Art Fund 1976
Reference
T02054
On display at Tate Britain
Room: 1930

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This work is carved in alabaster, dug from fields in Cumbria. The bone or stone-like shapes reflect Moore’s interest in organic and inorganic forms, while the incised lines echo both prehistoric stone carving and the work of Pablo Picasso. The individual pieces appear abstract, but also evoke a reclining female body, as Moore explained:

I realised what an advantage a separated... composition could have in relating figures to landscape. Knees and breasts are mountains. Once these... parts become separated you don’t expect it to be a naturalistic figure: therefore you can justifiably make it like a landscape or not.

September 2004

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