Henry Moore OM, CH

Woman

1957–8, cast date unknown

On display at Tate Britain

Artist
Henry Moore OM, CH 1898–1986
Medium
Bronze
Dimensions
Object: 1441 x 791 x 921 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by the artist 1978
Reference
T02280

Display caption

This is one of the largest of Moore's sculptures of a seated female nude, and it was cast in an edition of nine. The original plaster is in the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, and the curator there, Alan Wilkinson, has described this sculpture as 'one of the most potent images of fertility produced in the 20th century'. He also related it to Moore's early interest in Palaeolithic sculpture, an influence the artist readily acknowledged. Moore wrote of the work: ''Woman' has that startling fullness of the stomach and breasts. The smallness of the head is necessary to emphasize the massiveness of the body - if the head had been any larger it would have ruined the whole idea of the sculpture.'

Gallery label, September 2004

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