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Henry Moore

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Reclining Figure, 1938 (cast 1946)
Polished bronze, 13.6 x 31.5 cm
Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice 76.2553 PG 192
Reproduced by permission of the Henry Moore Foundation


Moore’s early sculptures were stone and marble carvings, whose forms expressed the hard-to-penetrate blockiness of their material. The modelled, sinuous and viscous forms of Reclining figure epitomise Moore’s impatience with the limitations of carving, and mark a new, more freely expressive phase in his craft. The tibia and ankle, the tense arc of the arms and pectoral shelf, a torso that resembles a crab’s claw, the psychological component of the head distilled into a groove, all exude a sense of creative release.

credits: Hangar Design Group