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Seated figure against curved wall

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


Object Place: Europe, England

Dimensions

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

Accession Number

59.477

Medium or Technique

Metal, bronze

On View

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

Collections

Contemporary Art, Europe

Classifications

Sculpture

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.

Provenance

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

NOTES:
[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

Copyright

© The Henry Moore Foundation 2010