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Henry Moore Reclining Figure: Bone Skirt, 1977

Henry Moore
Reclining Figure: Bone Skirt, 1977
Bronze with green patina
Figure: 4 7/8 x 9 1/4 x 4 inches
With rectangular bronze base: 5 7/8 x 23 x 19 inches
Edition of 9

Henry Moore, Idea for Metal Sculpture, 1980

Henry Moore

Idea for Metal Sculpture, 1980

Watercolor, charcoal, black crayon, and pencil on paper

7 3/4 x 11 7/16 inches


Often regarded as the father of modern British sculpture, Henry Moore’s large-scale bronze and marble sculptures can be found in public parks and plazas around the world. Working in various styles and mediums, Moore is perhaps best known for his highly abstract and interpretive renditions of the human figure, often portrayed in the reclining position. He was influenced by Classical, Pre-Columbian, and African art, and by Surrealism; his biomorphic style has been compared that of Salvador Dalí and Jean Arp. Moore was a longtime friend and colleague of fellow sculptor Barabara Hepworth, having met at the Leeds School of Art around 1919. He also admired the work of Constantin Brancusi, whose organic abstract style resonated with Moore’s belief that observation of nature is essential to artistic creation. Moore himself inspired many artists including his former studio assistants Anthony Caro and Richard Wentworth.