Henry Moore OM, CH

Headless Animal

1960, cast 1964

Medium
Bronze
Dimensions
Object: 159 x 225 x 95 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by the artist 1978
Reference
T02283

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When Moore presented this piece to Tate he explained that animals had always interested him as a subject for sculpture because they posed entirely different problems from the sculptor of the human figure. He liked them above all for their energy and vitality. In Headless Animal he was concerned primarily with the body and legs of the imaginary creature and felt the sculpture would look better without a head, focussing attention solely on the rhythmic form of the torso.

Gallery label, February 2010

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