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Maquette for Warrior with Shield (1952-53) LH 357

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bronze
height 19.5cm


The idea for The Warrior came to me at the end of 1952 or very early in 1953. It was evolved from a pebble I found on the seashore in the summer of 1952, and which reminded me of the stump of a leg, amputated at the hip. Just as Leonardo says somewhere in his notebooks that a painter can find a battle scene in the lichen marks on a wall, so this gave me the start of The Warrior idea. . . The head has a blunted and bull-like power but also a sort of dumb animal acceptance and forbearance of pain.

Henry Moore quoted in John Russell, Henry Moore, Allen Lane, The Penguin Press, London 1968, p.28