Henry Moore OM, CH

Helmet Head No.4: Interior-Exterior

1963, cast date unknown

In Tate Britain

Artist
Henry Moore OM, CH 1898–1986
Medium
Bronze
Dimensions
Object: 552 x 346 x 391 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by the artist 1978
Reference
T02291

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Moore made a sequence of Helmet Head pieces that were intended to convey emotions of vulnerability and protection. He explained the idea partly came from ‘Wyndham Lewis talking about the shell of lobster covering the soft flesh inside. This became an established idea with me – that of an outer protection to an inner form, and it may have something to do with the mother and child idea ... The helmet is a kind of protection thing, too, and it became a recording of things inside other things. In the helmet you do not quite know what is inside.’

Gallery label, February 2010

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