Reclining Figure

Collection Type

  • Art

Date

1945

GUSN

GUSN-174941

Description

Reclining Figure, bronze sculpture by Henry Moore (1898-1986), one of edition of 7.

Details

Descriptive Terms

sculpture (visual work)
bronze (metal)
casting (process)
Bauhaus
Sculpture

Label

New York Winter Antique Show, January 2010Henry Moore presented Walter and Ise Gropius with this bronze sculpture when he visited their home in Lincoln, Massachusetts, in 1946. Cast the previous year, it is one of an edition of seven. The reclining figure was a frequent motif in Henry Moore's work throughout his long career. He explained: "The subject-matter is given. It's settled for you, and you know it and like it, so that within it, within the subject that you've done a dozen times before, you are free to invent a completely new form-idea."
Centennial Acquisitions Exhibiton, October 22nd-23rd, 30th-31st, 2010:When Henry Moore visited his friends the Gropiuses at their home in Lincoln, Massachusetts, in 1946, he brought this reclining bronze figure as a gift. In this 1958 photograph of Walter and Ise Gropius with their neice, the figure is seen prominently displayed on a shelf in the living room. It was inherited by the Gropiuses’ daughter and was one of the few items that left the house before it came to Historic New England. She arranged for its return this past year.

Inscription

"Moore"

Associated Person

Gropius, Walter, 1883-1969
Gropius, Ise
Johansen, Beate Gropius
Moore, Henry, 1898-1986

Associated Building

Original To Gropius House (Lincoln, Mass.),

Additional Identification Number

34.1
712

People and Organizations

Bauhaus

Gropius, Walter, 1883-1969
Gropius, Ise
Johansen, Beate Gropius
Moore, Henry, 1898-1986

Maker

Moore, Henry, 1898-1986 (Sculptor)

Credit Line

Museum Purchase Supported by The Henry Moore Foundation

Accession Number

2009.21.1

Places

Lincoln (Middlesex county, Massachusetts)
Massachusetts (United States)
London (Greater London, England, United Kingdom)