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A work made of bird's eye marble.
© 2018 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / DACS, London

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  • A work made of bird's eye marble.

Date:

1937

Artist:

Henry Spencer Moore
English, 1898-1986

About this artwork

Henry Moore’s seven-decade artistic career began with his early interest in non-Western art. Initially inspired by the African, Oceanic, and especially Pre-Columbian art that he saw at the British Museum in London, Moore, like Constantin Brâncusi, became a passionate proponent of direct carving, a technique that allowed the inherent qualities of materials to dictate a sculpture’s final form. In the 1930s, Moore merged his interest in non-Western art with aspects of abstraction and Surrealism, which he encountered during his regular trips to Paris. Works like Figure reveal Moore’s engagement with the organic, biomorphic forms used by contemporary Surrealist artists such as Jean Arp, Alberto Giacometti, and Joan Miró.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Contemporary Art

Artist

Henry Moore

Title

Figure

Place

England (Artist's nationality:)

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1937

Medium

Bird's eye marble

Dimensions

53.4 × 35.6 × 22.9 cm (21 × 14 × 9 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Edgar Kaufmann, Jr.

Reference Number

1950.1521

Copyright

© 2018 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / DACS, London

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