Henry Moore OM, CH

Working Model for Unesco Reclining Figure

1957, cast c.1959–61

Medium
Bronze
Dimensions
Object: 1440 x 2440 x 1220 mm, 730 kg
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1960
Reference
T00390

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This sculpture is related to the UNESCO Reclining Figure at UNESCO’s Paris headquarters shown in the photograph above. That work is carved from travertine marble and is unique. This smaller bronze sculpture is in an edition of six. As with his other public sculptures Moore sought to avoid narrative or overt rhetoric. The universal significance attributed to Moore’s sculpture made it particularly appropriate for a global organisation such as UNESCO.

Gallery label, September 2004

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