Catalogue entry

T02302 LARGE TOTEM HEAD 1968

Inscribed ‘Moore’ on base and stamped with foundry mark ‘GUSS: H. NOACK BERLIN’ on side of base
Bronze, 96 3/4 × 52 3/4 × 49 1/2 including base (245.8 × 134.1 × 125.8)
Presented by the artist 1978
Exh: Henry Moore, Rijksmuseum Kröller-Müller, Otterlo, May–July 1968, Museum Boymans-Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, September–November 1968 and Mathildenhöhe, Darmstadt, Spring 1969 (123, plaster repr.); Henry Moore Bronzes 1961–1970, Marlborough Gallery, New York, April–May 1970 (30, repr.); Henry Moore, Expo Zürich, Zürcher Forum, Zurich, June–August 1976 (87); The Henry Moore Gift, Tate Gallery, June–August 1978, repr. in colour p.61
Lit: Alan Bowness (ed.), Henry Moore Sculpture 1964–73, 1977, p.11 (repr. pls.86, 87)

‘Large Totem Head’ is no.577 in Lund Humphries; there is an edition of eight bronzes.

The sculpture was developed from a small maquette-size work of 1963 called ‘Boat Form’ in which the same shape is tilted on its side. Moore suggested to the compiler (12 December 1980) that when enlarged and standing vertically the sculpture has a quite different presence, evoking a huge impassive face with eyes.

Published in:
The Tate Gallery 1978-80: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions, London 1981