T02283 HEADLESS ANIMAL 1960
Bronze, 6 1/4 × 8 7/8 × 3 3/4 (15.8 × 22.4 × 9.4)
Presented by the artist 1978
Exh: Henry Moore, Arts Council, Tate Gallery, July–September 1968 (110, repr.) The Henry Moore Gift, Tate Gallery, June–August 1978, repr. p.42
Lit: David Sylvester in catalogue of Henry Moore, Tate Gallery, 1968, p.127 (repr. pl.115); Alan G. Wilkinson, The Moore Collection in the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, 1979, p.160 (another cast repr. pl.136)
Repr: Alan Bowness (ed.), Henry Moore Sculpture 1955–64, 1965, p.27, no.449
This work is L.H. 449, of which there are six casts; another is in the Moore Collection, Art Gallery of Ontario. The artist told the compiler (12 December 1980) that animals had always interested him as a subject for sculpture because they posed entirely different problems from those confronting the sculptor of the human figure. He liked them above all for their energy and vitality. In T02283 he was concerned primarily with the body and legs of the imaginary creature; the head presented no problem and he thought the sculpture would look better without one.
The Tate Gallery 1978-80: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions, London 1981