Henry Moore OM, CH

Composition

1932

Artist
Henry Moore OM, CH 1898–1986
Medium
African wonderstone on oakwood base
Dimensions
Object: 445 × 457 × 298 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1960
Reference
T00385

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  1. Moore drew inspiration from many sources, including natural forms and ancient sculptures. He also responded to the work of other artists working at the time. This sculpture is both organic and abstract. But its form and structure also link it to traditional portrait busts. This reflects Moore’s belief that ‘all the best sculpture I know is both abstract and representational at the same time’. Composition is an example of his radical inventiveness. Moore argued that surrealism and abstraction were not in conflict. He wrote of the importance of the ‘nonlogical, instinctive, subconscious part of the mind’ in his artistic process.

Gallery label, August 2020

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