Browse Lots

Global notice COVID-19 Important notice
Henry Moore, O.M., C.H. (1898-1986)
No VAT will be charged on the hammer price, but VA… Read more
Henry Moore, O.M., C.H. (1898-1986)

Reclining torso

Henry Moore, O.M., C.H. (1898-1986)
Reclining torso
signed and numbered 'Moore 6/9' (on the back of the base)
bronze with a dark brown patina
8½ in. (21.6 cm.) long
Conceived and cast in 1981
A. Bowness, Henry Moore Complete Sculpture 1981-86 Vol. VI, London, 1988, no. 816, p. 40 (another cast illustrated).
Special Notice

No VAT will be charged on the hammer price, but VAT at 17.5% will be added to the buyer's premium which is invoiced on a VAT inclusive basis.

Lot Essay

The reclining figure was a constant and recurring theme for Moore, from the first one he carved from Brown Hornton stone in 1929, and reappears in every phase of his work. The inspiration, originally from an Aztec God, became closely related to the mountains which Moore equated with sculptural energy; his work reflected his obsession with the pull of gravity and the relation of man to earth. Established on, and connected to, the ground, the figure becomes at once plastic, organic and geological, without ever losing its human characteristics.

Discussing the three fundamental poses (standing, seated and lying down), Moore commented: 'A reclining figure can recline on any surface. It is free and stable at the same time. It fits in with my belief that sculpture should be permanent, should last for eternity. Also, it has repose. And it suits me - if you know what I mean' (see J.D. Morse, 'Henry Moore comes to America', Magazine of Art, 40, no. 3, 1947).

More from 20th Century British Art

View All
View All