New Haven


Bird and Egg 1934 (LH 152)


length 52.8cm

Bird and Egg belongs to an important group of small works which Moore produced around 1934 in which he contrived to give to assortments of carefully arranged, distinct forms the superficial appearance of objets trouvés. Closer inspection reveals the underlying principle of organic relationship. In the case in point, the egg belongs both physically and psychologically to the bird. Its shape is reflected by the hole pierced through the larger stone and by the concavity surrounding it which implies both the source and the shelter of the womb. Formally, the sculpture is an exercise in related part, in the sculptural possibilities of solids, voids, and incised lines. Psychologically, it is a study of generation, of impending birth, and finally, of maternity.