Henry Moore OM, CH

Four-Piece Composition: Reclining Figure


On loan

Deutsche Bank Kunsthalle (Berlin, Germany): Objects of Wonder

Henry Moore OM, CH 1898–1986
Cumberland alabaster
Object: 270 x 520 x 280 mm, Checked.
Purchased with assistance from the Art Fund 1976

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This work is carved in alabaster, dug from fields in Cumbria. The bone or stone-like shapes reflect Moore’s interest in organic and inorganic forms, while the incised lines echo both prehistoric stone carving and the work of Pablo Picasso. The individual pieces appear abstract, but also evoke a reclining female body, as Moore explained:

I realised what an advantage a separated... composition could have in relating figures to landscape. Knees and breasts are mountains. Once these... parts become separated you don’t expect it to be a naturalistic figure: therefore you can justifiably make it like a landscape or not.

Gallery label, September 2004

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Catalogue entry


His darkened imagination: Henry Moore

Andrew Causey

His darkened imagination: Andrew Causey on Henry Moore, Tate Etc. issue 18 Spring 2010

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