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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