Henry Moore OM, CH

Upright Form: Knife Edge

1966

On display at Tate Britain

Medium
Marble
Dimensions
Overall: 660 x 585 x 410 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by the artist 1970
Reference
T01172

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This work was carved at Forte di Marmi near Quercetta in Italy where Moore had a house and studio. As was his usual practice he had wandered around the Forte di Marmi stockyard looking at stones and was attracted by a piece of Portugese 'Rosa Aurora'. Moore said that the shape of the sculpture can be summarised as knife-edge separating an upward turning (a hand open to the sky) from a downward turning (a leg seeking the earth) movement. The whole form is contained, with the minimum of carving, in the square shape of the original stone turned onto its corner, the knife-edge defining the diagonal. Moore presented this work to the Tate Gallery in memory of his friend, the poet and art critic Sir Herbert Read.

Gallery label, August 2004

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