Moore Outside – Two Piece Reclining Figure No.5, Kenwood House

Two Piece Reclining Figure No.5 1963–4
Kenwood House
Hampstead Lane
London NW3 7RJ

The Two Piece Reclining Figure was a bit of a breakthrough. In the later half of the Fifties Moore had created a series of seated women. When he made his first two piece reclining figure however, without even sketching it beforehand, he was amazed by the unexpected views it offered. The front view doesn’t enable one to foresee the back view. As you move round it, the two parts overlap or they open up and there’s space between. It feels like a journey. The three-dimensional world is full of surprises in a way that a two-dimensional world could never be. The special advantage of sculpture over painting – of having the possibility of many different views – is more fully exploited here.

Download the mp3 for your journey: reclining_figure_no_5_kenwood_house.mp3 13.9 MB

I always start my journey from the lovely entrance of Kenwood House. From there turn right, and follow the small path around the house. When you reach the main path, turn right onto it. After a minute, as you begin to edge into the forest, you will see the Reclining Figure looming on the left, about five metres off the path.

Here’s one of my personal maps. Bring it with you, it will help you find your way.

John Deedham Map, showing location of Two Piece Reclining Figure No.5 1963–4

John Deedham
Map, showing location of
Two Piece Reclining Figure No.5 1963–4
Kenwood House