Henry Moore OM, CH

Two Piece Reclining Figure No.2

1960, cast 1961–2

On display at Tate Britain

Artist
Henry Moore OM, CH 1898–1986
Medium
Bronze
Dimensions
Object: 1250 x 2900 x 1375 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased 1960
Reference
T00395

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The holes and gouged surfaces of this sculpture are reminiscent of eroded cliffs. According to Moore this fusion of human and landscape forms served as ‘a metaphor of the relationship of humanity with the earth’. The character of that relationship, however, remains open to interpretation. It could suggest a harmonious union of mankind with nature or equally a crisis-ridden sense of isolation and fragmentation.

Gallery label, September 2004

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