T02273 HELMET HEAD AND SHOULDERS 1952
Bronze, 6 1/2 × 5 7/8 × 3 3/4 (16.5 × 14.9 × 9.5)
Presented by the artist 1978
Exh: Henry Moore: an exhibition of sculpture from 1950–1960, Whitechapel Art Gallery, December 1960–January 1961 (15, repr.); Henry Moore: an exhibition of sculpture and drawings, Ferens Art Gallery, Kingston upon Hull, October–November 1963 (11); Henry Moore, Tate Gallery, July–September 1968 (76); Henry Moore, University of York Visual Arts Society, Heslington Hall, March 1969 (6); Small Bronzes and Drawings by Henry Moore, the Lefevre Gallery, November–December 1972 (22, repr.); Henry Moore, Henie-Onstad Kunstsenter, Oslo, June–July 1975 and tour to Stockholm and Ålborg (40); Henry Moore, Expo Zürich, Zürcher Forum, Zurich, June–August 1976 (40); Henry Moore 80th birthday exhibition, Bradford Art Galleries and Museums, April–June 1978 (78, repr.); The Henry Moore Gift, Tate Gallery, June–August 1978, repr. in colour p.28
Lit: Herbert Read, Henry Moore, 1965, p.177 (repr. pl.159); John Russell, Henry Moore, 1968, p.118 (repr.pl.115)
Repr: Herbert Read (intro.), Henry Moore Sculpture and Drawings 1949–1954, 1968, pl.33
The work is No.304 in the Lund Humphries catalogue of Moore's sculpture; it was cast in an edition of ten.
In conversation with the compiler (12 December 1980), Moore said that the conjunction of sharp points with the helmet form was intended to express the idea of aggression and war, although in this sculpture the shoulders introduce a protective element which relates it to T02272 above.
The Tate Gallery 1978-80: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions, London 1981