Thumbnail-size images of copyrighted artworks are displayed under fair use, in accordance with guidelines recommended by the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for the Visual Arts, published by the College Art Association in February 2015.

Seated figure against curved wall

20th century
1956–57, Cast 1959
Henry Moore (English, 1898–1986)

Object Place: Europe, England


69.21 x 91.44 x 53.66 cm (27 1/4 x 36 x 21 1/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Metal, bronze

On View

Charlotte F. and Irving W. Rabb Gallery (Gallery 155)


Contemporary Art, Europe



Hollow cast bronze; rectangular base with curved seat and high broken wall with striated surface. Female figure with right hand on knee, left on seat.

“Sculpture, for me, must have life in it, vitality. It must have a feeling for organic form, a certain pathos and warmth.” Thus Moore expressed the approach that guided him in the representation of his favored subject, the human figure. Here, he set the figure against a simple curving wall, creating an environment for it and a shape against which to appreciate its forms and volumes.


1958, sold by the artist to the MFA for £750 [see note 1]. (Accession Date: December 11, 1958)

[1] The sculpture was designed by Henry Moore in 1956-57, purchased by the MFA in 1958, and cast in 1959.

Credit Line

Harriet Otis Cruft Fund


© The Henry Moore Foundation 2010