Mother and Child 1931 (LH 107a)


Shri Bhawani Museum

Cumberland alabaster
height 45cm

The ‘Mother and child’ idea is one of my two or three obsessions, one of my inexhaustible subjects. This may have something to do with the fact that the ‘Madonna and Child’ was so important in the art of the past and that one loves the old masters and has learned so much from them. But the subject itself is eternal and unending, with so many sculptural possibilities in it – a small form in relation to a big form protecting the small one, and so on. It is such a rich subject, both humanly and compositionally, that I will always go on using it.

Quoted in Henry Moore Drawings 1969-79, exhibition catalogue, Wildenstein & Co. New York, Raymond Spencer Company, Much Hadham 1979, p.29