Seated Woman: Thin Neck 1961 (LH 472)


Toyota Municipal Museum of Art

height 162.5cm

Since my student days I have liked the shape of bones, and have drawn them, studied them in the Natural History Museum, found them on sea-shores and saved them out of the stewpot . . . There are many structural, and sculptural principles to be learnt from bones, e.g. that in spite of their lightness they have great strength. Some bones, such as the breast bones of birds, have the lightweight fineness of a knife-blade. Finding such a bone led to me using this knife-edge thinness in 1961 in a sculpture Seated Woman (thin neck) [LH 472]. In this figure the thin neck and head, by contrast with the width and bulk of the body, give more monumentality to the work.

Henry Moore quoted in Philip James (ed.), Henry Moore on Sculpture: a collection of the sculptor’s writings and spoken words, Macdonald, London 1966, p.278