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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. First I added the body, leg and one arm and it became a wounded warrior, but at first the figure was reclining. A day or two later I added a shield and altered its position and arrangement into a seated figure and so it changed from an inactive pose into a figure which, though wounded, is still defiant.

Henry Moore in Philip James (ed.) Henry Moore on Sculpture: a collection of the sculptor's writings and spoken words, Macdonald, London 1966, p.250