7 May 2009
Henry Moore (1898-1986)
Seated Figure on Circular Steps
stamped with foundry mark and numbered 'C. VALSUANI CIRE PERDUE 2/8' (on the back of the base)
bronze with dark brown patina
Height: 6½ in. (16.5 cm.)
Length: 12¼ in. (31.1 cm.)
Conceived and cast in 1957
Galerie Berggruen, Paris (acquired from the artist, 1957).
Gallery Uyeda, Tokyo (1985).
Dr. Tatsuo Yokoyama, Japan.
Galerie Hopkins Thomas Custot, Paris.
Acquired from the above by the late owner.
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A. Bowness, ed., Henry Moore, Sculpture and Drawings 1955-64, London, 1986, vol. 3, p. 36, no. 437 (another cast illustrated, p. 37 and pls. 51b and 70).
During the 1950s Moore received many commissions for monumental sculptures to be placed in architectural settings, resulting in important projects such as Draped Reclining Figure for the Time-Life Building in London in 1952, and Reclining Figure for the UNESCO headquarters in Paris in 1956. The challenge of relating the figure to its surroundings continued to fascinate the artist and during this period he produced about a dozen maquettes in which the composition consists of the figure against an architectural backdrop.
In Seated Figure on Circular Steps, the curved steps with their horizontal linear design project a mood of intimacy and protection. Unlike the more abstract figures in other variations on this theme, the figure in the present sculpture possesses the fullness of Moore's naturalistic female forms.
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