Reclining figure by Henry Moore

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Henry Moore, 'Reclining Figure', Hornton Stone, 1929. © Henry Moore Foundation.

Henry Moore (1898 - 1986), born in Castleford, Yorkshire, is the outstanding British sculptor of the mid-20th century.Reclining Figure' (1929) is one of Henry Moore's earliest sculptural achievements. It shows the essential ingredients of his practice including his passionate commitment to the principle of 'truth to materials', his diverse range of artistic influences and his creation of a special relationship between the human figure and landscape. 'Reclining Figure' was carved by the artist in Brown Hornton Stone, sourced from quarries in North West Oxfordshire. Its simplified forms show the influence of non-western carving, which Moore discovered in the British Museum, and of the early work of Pablo Picasso. The 'bumps and hollows' of the figure and the markings of the stone recall the undulations of a natural landscape. Moore was born in Castleford, Yorkshire in 1898 and attended Leeds School of Art (1919 - 1921).

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