Henry Moore OM, CH
Recumbent Figure 1938

Artwork details

Henry Moore OM, CH 1898–1986
Recumbent Figure
Date 1938
Medium Green Hornton stone
Dimensions Object: 889 x 1327 x 737 mm, 520 kg
Acquisition Presented by the Contemporary Art Society 1939

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This is one of the earliest works in which Moore shows the female figure undulating like the landscape. It was commissioned by the architect Serge Chermayeff to stand on the terrace of his home on the Downs. Visually, the figure would have acted as a bridge between the rolling hills and the ultra-modern house. Moore, like others, used many native British stones at this time. This Hornton stone came from a quarry near Banbury in Oxfordshire.

July 2007