Henry Moore OM, CH

Reclining Figure

1939

On loan

Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts (Kaohsiung, Taiwan): Nude: art from the Tate collection

Artist
Henry Moore OM, CH 1898–1986
Medium
Lead on wooden base
Dimensions
Overall: 170 x 330 x 134 mm, 10.4 kg
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Transferred from the Victoria & Albert Museum 1983
Reference
T03761

Display caption

At the time of making, lead was an infrequently used material in Moore’s oeuvre. This is one of a series of sculptures that Moore himself cast in lead in 1938–40. The material allowed thinner, more sinuous forms to be wrought. Moore said that he also liked working with lead because something about its appearance announced the material’s poisonous quality; it was sinister.

Gallery label, September 2016

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