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    Sale 12195

    Living With Art

    14 - 15 June 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 100

    Henry Moore (British, 1898-1986)

    Upright motive E


    Henry Moore (British, 1898-1986)
    Upright motive E
    signed, numbered, and stamped with foundry mark 'Moore 2/9 NOACK BERLIN' (on the reverse)
    bronze with brown patina
    11 ½ x 2 x 2 1/8 in. (29.2 x 5.1 x 5.4 cm.)
    Executed in 1968, this work is number two from an edition of nine.

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    The genesis of Moore’s Upright Motif series began with a commission in Milan to create a sculpture in front of a new Olivetti building. The building’s horizontality drove Moore to think vertically. Balancing one form on top of another, Moore’s Upright Motifs grew organically, recalling totem poles from the indigenous cultures of the Pacific Northwest. Upright Motive E illustrates the conclusion of the series; the once disparate and isolated shapes have coalesced into a fluid, yet figural form. The fully realized sculptures from the series can be found in public collections across the globe.


    Anonymous sale; Sotheby's, New York, 8 October 1986, lot 331.
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner.

    Saleroom Notice

    This Lot is Withdrawn.


    Alan Bowness, ed., Henry Moore, Complete Sculpture 1964-73, London, 1977, vol.4, p. 53, no. 590 (another cast illustrated).