Henry Moore OM, CHMaquette for Fallen Warrior 1956

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Artist
Henry Moore OM, CH (1898‑1986)
Title
Maquette for Fallen Warrior
Date 1956
MediumBronze
Dimensionsobject: 140 x 155 x 265 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by Gustav and Elly Kahnweiler 1974, accessioned 1994
Reference
T06824
Not on display

Summary

Maquette for Fallen Warrior, 1956, is the model for Falling Warrior, a large bronze sculpture of 1956-7, and was cast in an edition of ten (of which this is number two) plus an artist’s proof. Moore intended to show a wounded falling warrior and was dissatisfied with the maquette’s figure, which appeared dead to him. Therefore, when he came to make the final sculpture, he altered the composition, repositioning the warrior’s shield from near his right foot to his left hand, so that it would create the illusion of a mortally wounded man using the shield in order to break his ultimate fall. One of Moore’s few male representations, this is a tragic, writhing contrapposto figure, expressing dramatic energy and dynamism… (read more)

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