Henry Moore OM, CH

Recumbent Figure

1938

In Tate Britain

Artist
Henry Moore OM, CH 1898–1986
Medium
Green Hornton stone
Dimensions
Object: 889 x 1327 x 737 mm, 520 kg
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by the Contemporary Art Society 1939
Reference
N05387

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This is one of the earliest works in which Moore shows the female figure undulating like the landscape. It was commissioned by the architect Serge Chermayeff to stand on the terrace of his home on the Downs. Visually, the figure would have acted as a bridge between the rolling hills and the ultra-modern house. Moore, like others, used many native British stones at this time. This Hornton stone came from a quarry near Banbury in Oxfordshire.

Gallery label, July 2007

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