Henry Moore OM, CH, 'Recumbent Figure' 1938

Henry Moore OM, CH
Recumbent Figure 1938
Green Hornton stone
object: 889 x 1327 x 737 mm, 520 kg
Presented by the Contemporary Art Society 1939© The Henry Moore Foundation. This image must not be reproduced or altered without prior consent from the Henry Moore Foundation.

Room 4: Modernism

Drawing formed an important part of Moore’s practice. It gave him a rapid means of generating and developing multiple ideas for sculpture, itself of necessity a slow form of expression. As the 1930s progressed Moore produced a number of drawings that envisaged his sculpture in landscape settings. His Recumbent Figure 1938 is one such sculpture in Hornton stone that Moore realised, siting it out of doors in the countryside. Other drawings depict Moore’s ‘stringed’ sculptures of the period, confined within ambiguous, prison-like spaces pervaded by a sense of the Uncanny. The tautness of the rows of wire and string that stretch across the sculptures – some of which are on display in this room – add a metaphorical dimension to work produced during a time of political unease. The Helmet, one of the last sculptures Moore completed before the onset of the Second World War, encapsulates this sense of anxiety.

Henry Moore OM, CH, 'Reclining Figure' 1939

Henry Moore OM, CH
Reclining Figure 1939
Metal
overall: 170 x 330 x 134 mm, 10.4 kg
Transferred from the Victoria & Albert Museum 1983© The Henry Moore Foundation. This image must not be reproduced or altered without prior consent from the Henry Moore Foundation.

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Henry Moore The Helmet, 1939–40

Henry Moore
The Helmet 1939–40

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