Henry Moore OM, CH
Working Model for Knife Edge Two Piece 1962, cast 1963

Artwork details

Henry Moore OM, CH 1898–1986
Working Model for Knife Edge Two Piece
Date 1962, cast 1963
Medium Bronze
Dimensions Object: 498 x 711 x 330 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1963
Not on display

Catalogue entry


Inscr. ‘Moore 5/10’ on right side of base.
Bronze, 17 1/2 (44·5) high on base, 2 1/8×28×13 (5×71·5×33).
Purchased from the Marlborough New London Gallery (Grant-in-Aid) 1963.
Exh: Marlborough New London Gallery, July–August 1963 (14, two views repr., one in colour).

The sculptor wrote to the compiler (15 October 1963) that ' “Sculpture (Knife-Edge Two Piece)” was finished in the summer of 1962. It has some connection with the figure I did the previous year, 1961, called “Standing Figure (Knife Edge)” which was influenced by the study of bone forms. It has also some connection with the two-piece sculptures I have been doing since 1959, where the problem of dividing the Reclining Figure into two, and later three pieces, occupied me.

‘...The relationship between the two pieces in your sculpture is somewhat different from any of the other works... [where] the relationship is of one form accommodating another form, that is, one fitting into the other; in others the contact is that of points nearly connecting, but in your sculpture it is a kind of sliding relationship, like two sliding doors.’

The sculptor visualized the work ideally as well over life-size, ten or twelve feet high, so that a person could have walked along the length of the sculpture between the two forms. As early as the 1930s the sculptor had experimented with solutions to the problem of two or more interlocking or related forms.

Published in:
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, II

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