Henry Moore OM, CH

Helmet Head No.1

1950, cast 1960

Not on display

Artist
Henry Moore OM, CH 1898–1986
Medium
Bronze
Dimensions
Object: 400 × 355 × 300 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1960
Reference
T00388

Display caption

In Helmet Head No.1, a protective helmet encloses a separate bronze form, which includes a nose and mouth, suggesting a face. Moore made a number of Helmet sculptures, but this one is more angular and mechanistic than others in the series, evoking memories of the Second World War, in which soldiers and civilians alike used protective helmets and masks. It was made just as the outbreak of hostilities in Korea threatened to escalate into a wider international conflict, and may reflect Moore’s anxieties over the threat of nuclear war.

Gallery label, February 2007

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