Reclining Figure 1929 (LH 59)


brown Hornton stone
length 83.8cm

I could make a list of ten or twenty works which I know have been keyworks and which I know have solved some directions that I wanted to be satisfied with. Chronologically, it is first the figure I did in brown Hornton stone in 1929 influenced by the Mexican sculpture, particularly by the Chac-Mool figure. I realise now where the influence was, but it is very different. Except for the turn in the head, the figure is a symmetrical figure of which both sides are the same, the two legs are exactly in the same position, where in my Hornton stone figure there is a big difference, a big change and it also began to have something that my sculpture until then hadn’t had, it began to have forms which really existed and worked against each other and with each other rather than one solid mass that was all crushed and stuck together. This had a freedom and yet kept a stormy strength and I knew when I finished it that it was the best sculpture I had done up to then.

Henry Moore quoted in Ionel Jianou, Henry Moore, translated by Geoffry Skelding, Arted, Paris 1968, pp.28-9

‚óŹ In addition to the two works listed on this website, other sculptures as well as drawings and prints by Henry Moore can be found in the Leeds Art Gallery’s collection, including those listed below. Please contact the venue for details:

Maternity 1924 (LH 22)
Double Head 1928 (LH 53)
Mask 1929 (LH 62)
Mother and Child 1936 (LH 171)
Reclining Figure 1938 (LH 192)
Stringed Figure 1945 (LH 206)
Upright Motive Maquette No.3 1955 (LH 380)
Maquette for Unesco Reclining Figure 1957 (LH 414)
Head: Boat Form 1963 (LH 509)
Three Piece Reclining Figure No.2: Bridge Prop 1963 (LH 513)
Maquette for Three Piece No.3: Vertebrae 1968 (LH 578)