Henry Moore OM, CH Seated Woman: Thin Neck 1961

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Artist
Title
Seated Woman: Thin Neck
Date 1961
Medium Bronze
Dimensions Object: 1702 x 813 x 1035 mm, 386kg
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by the artist 1978
Reference
T02286
Not on display

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This sculpture was enlarged from a smaller version, part of which, the 'thin neck' of the title, was inspired by the breast bone of a bird. Moore wrote 'Since my student days I have liked the shape of bones and have drawn them, studied them in the Natural History Museum, found them on seashores and saved them out of the stewpot. There are many structural and sculptural principles to be learnt from bones, e.g. that inspite of their lightness they have great strength'. Moore stated that the thin head and neck in this work 'by contrast with the width and bulk of the body, give more monumentality to the work.'

August 2004

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