Henry Moore: Sculptural Process and Public Identity

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Photograph of Reclining Figure 1951 in progress 1951

Photograph of Reclining Figure 1951 in progress 1951
Photograph of Reclining Figure 1951 in progress 1951
Tate Archive TGA 8812/7/3/56
This photograph shows Moore’s sculpture Reclining Figure 1951 (Tate T02270) in the artist’s studio. It shows how Moore drew geometric contour lines directly onto the sculpture’s plaster surface. These lines were then used a guide for the strings that Moore glued to the sculpture to create a textured surface. These lines appear as ridges on the cast bronze version of the sculpture displayed on London’s South Bank as part of the Festival of Britain in 1951. The photograph is part of the Kenneth Clark collection held in the Tate Archive.

How to cite

Photograph of Reclining Figure 1951 in progress, 1951, in Henry Moore: Sculptural Process and Public Identity, Tate Research Publication, 2015, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/henry-moore/photograph-of-reclining-figure-1951-in-progress-r1145466, accessed 19 July 2019.