Henry Moore (1898 - 1986)

Reclining Figure: Holes

Cast in bronze, in 1975, Maquette for Reclining Figure: Holes is a tactile, enigmatic form. From the front it rests languorously, space entering the composition through voids where limbs arch and touch. Reversed, the salient feature is the curve Moore anticipated so keenly. This work is recorded in the archives of the Henry Moore Foundation under number 2019.4 Moore had always wanted to make a figure in wood with ‘a bend in its pose’. His preference was for elm, and prior to the catastrophic arrival of elm disease he carved four over-lifesize sculptures. In 1975 he acquired a large elm tree, recently felled, and immediately began to carve the unseasoned wood. The process demanded particular attention, as Moore understood. Once finished, however, he regarded Reclining Figure: Holes (1976–78) as ‘having something special and different from the others’.

"Something special and different from the others"

Moore (1983), in Alan Wilkinson (ed.), Henry Moore: Writings and Conversations (Aldershot: Lund Humphries, 2002), p. 305.

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Maquette for Reclining Figure: Holes, 1975 Bronze. Edition of 9 Conceived and cast in 1975 and cast by Fiorini Foundry in an edition of 9 plus one artist's proof 12.5 x 23.3 x 8 cm (5 x 9 x 3 in)

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Maquette for Reclining Figure: Holes (reverse), 1975

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Ten Studies for Family Group, 1949-50 Pencil, ink, wax crayon, coloured crayon, watercolour and gouache on paper Signed and dated 'Moore 49' recto and signed and dated verso 'Moore 50.' Double Sided drawing: Verso: 'Study for Family Group' Coloured crayon, wax crayon, watercolour wash The sketch on verso is used in the 1949 collograph CGM 5 29.2 x 24.2 cm. (11 ½ x 9 ½ in.)

Mother and Child Round Form, 1980 Bronze Signed and numbered from the edition of 9 on the back edge of the bronze base Cast by Fiorini. Conceived and cast in 1980 19.7 x 11 x 13.6 cm. (7 ¾ x 4 ¼ x 5 ⅜ in.)

Mother and Child: Circular Base, 1980 Bronze Signed and numbered from the edition of 9 + 1, at back of bronze. Cast by Fiorini. Conceived and cast in 1980 13.3 x 11.5 x 11.5 cm. (5 ⅛ x 4 ½ x 4 ½ in.)

Two Piece Reclining Figure: Maquette No. 1, 1960 Bronze Signed and numbered from the edition of 12 on top of the base. Stamped with the foundry mark 'H. NOACK BERLIN' (on the side of the base) 12.5 x 24.2 x 10.5 cm. (4 ⅞ x 9 ½ x 4 in.)

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