Henry Moore OM, CH
Four-Piece Composition: Reclining Figure 1934

Artwork details

Henry Moore OM, CH 1898–1986
Four-Piece Composition: Reclining Figure
Date 1934
Medium Cumberland alabaster
Dimensions Object: 175 x 457 x 203 mm
Acquisition Purchased with assistance from the Art Fund 1976
Not on display

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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