In the late 1930s Moore made six small Reclining Figures in lead. This is one of eight casts after one of those lead originals. These relate to which show that their shapes were suggested by bone or even rock formations. The relationship between body and land was of particular interest to Moore at this time since he had just completed a large 'Recumbent Figure' in green Hornton stone for the architect Serge Chermayeff's garden at Halland in Sussex. Stone could be carved to suggest cavities created by weathering; however, the of lead produced a different emphasis. The lead figures remind the viewer of the angular, skeletal framework underlying the human body.
Gallery label, September 2004
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