Henry Moore OM, CH
Reclining Figure 1939, cast 1959

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Henry Moore OM, CH 1898–1986
Reclining Figure
Date 1939, cast 1959
Medium Bronze on wooden base
Dimensions Object: 137 x 254 x 86 mm
Acquisition Presented by the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1960

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In the late 1930s Moore made six small Reclining Figures in lead. This is one of eight bronze casts after one of those lead originals. These sculptures relate to drawings which show that their shapes were suggested by bone or even rock formations. The relationship between body and land was of particular interest to Moore at this time since he had just completed a large 'Recumbent Figure' in green Hornton stone for the architect Serge Chermayeff's garden at Halland in Sussex. Stone could be carved to suggest cavities created by weathering; however, the medium of lead produced a different emphasis. The lead figures remind the viewer of the angular, skeletal framework underlying the human body.

September 2004

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