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Small Head 1960 (LH 468)

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bronze
height 11.43cm


Some people have said why do I make the heads so unimportant. Actually, for me the head is the most important part of a piece of sculpture. It gives to the rest a scale, it gives to the rest a certain human poise, and meaning, and it’s because I think that the head is so important that often I reduce it in size to make the rest more monumental. It’s a thing that anyhow was done. The heads of Michelangelo’s figures will sometimes go twelve times instead of the usual six and a half, which is the average. It is a recognised thing.

Henry Moore quoted from Face to Face: Interviews with John Freeman, edited by Hugh Burnett, Cape, London 1964, p.34