Henry Moore (1898-1986)
Property from the Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Sold to Benefit the Acquisitions Fund:Selections from the Charlotte Bergman Collection
Henry Moore (1898-1986)

Maquette for Seated Woman: Thin Neck

Henry Moore (1898-1986)
Maquette for Seated Woman: Thin Neck
bronze with brown patina
Height: 10 ½ in. (26.6 cm.)
Length: 4 ¾ in. (11.9 cm.)
Depth: 5 5/8 in. (13.6 cm.)
Conceived and cast in 1960
Louis and Charlotte Bergman, New York and Jerusalem (acquired from the artist, June 1961).
Bequest from the above to the present owner, 2005.
R. Melville, Henry Moore: Sculpture and Drawings, 1921-1969, London, 1970, p. 267, no. 594 (another cast illustrated).
A. Bowness, ed., Henry Moore: Complete Sculpture, 1955-1964, London, 1986, vol. 3, p. 46, no. 471 (another cast illustrated, p. 47).
Jerusalem, The Israel Museum, Focus on the Collection: Henry Moore, July 2004-March 2005, p. 33, no. 64 (illustrated in color, p. 52).

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Lot Essay

In the early 1960s, Moore combined his interest in the abstract female form with the use of bones as the basis of his sculpture. He spoke about the centrality of bones in the monumental version of Seated Woman: Thin Neck: “There are many structural and sculptural principles to be learnt from bones, e.g. that in spite of their lightness they have great strength. Some bones, such as the breast bones of birds, have the lightweight fineness of a knife-edge. Finding such a bone led to my using this knife-edge thinness in 1961 in a sculpture Seated Woman: Thin Neck. In this figure the thin neck and head by contrast with the width and bulk of the body, gives more monumentality to the work" (quoted in R. Melville, op. cit., pp. 261-262).

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