Head 1972 (LH 633)


Travertine marble
height 46cm

Some people have said why do I make the heads so unimportant. Actually, for me the head is the most important part of a piece of sculpture. It gives to the rest a scale, it gives to the rest a certain human poise, and meaning, and it’s because I think that the head is so important that often I reduce it in size to make the rest more monumental. It’s a thing that anyhow was done. The heads of Michelangelo’s figures will sometimes go twelve times instead of the usual six and a half, which is the average. It is a recognised thing.

Henry Moore quoted from Face to Face interviews with John Freeman, edited by Hugh Burnett, Cape, London 1964, p.32