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Seated figure against curved wall
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.)
Medium or Technique
Charlotte F. and Irving W. Rabb Gallery (Gallery 155)
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)
 The sculpture was designed by Henry Moore in 1956-57, purchased by the MFA in 1958, and cast in 1959.
Harriet Otis Cruft Fund
© The Henry Moore Foundation 2010