Henry Moore OM, CH
Helmet Head No.1 1950, cast 1960

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Henry Moore OM, CH 1898–1986
Helmet Head No.1
Date 1950, cast 1960
Medium Bronze
Dimensions Object: 400 x 355 x 300 mm
Acquisition Presented by the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1960
On loan to Museo Nazionale Romano - Baths of Diocletian (Rome, Italy)

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In Helmet Head No.1, a protective helmet encloses a separate bronze form, which includes a nose and mouth, suggesting a face. Moore made a number of Helmet sculptures, but this one is more angular and mechanistic than others in the series, evoking memories of the Second World War, in which soldiers and civilians alike used protective helmets and masks. It was made just as the outbreak of hostilities in Korea threatened to escalate into a wider international conflict, and may reflect Moore’s anxieties over the threat of nuclear war.

February 2007

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