Reclining Figure Holes. 1982. Bronze with brown patina. Mounted on bronze plinth. Moore. Catalogue raisonné, volume 6, no. 857. Plint with name, number and foundry mark "Noack Berlin". One of 9 copies. Without plinth ca. 4.7 x 12.5 x 4 cm (1.8 x 4.9 x 1.5 in). Plinth: 1,2 x 12,7 x 5,6 cm (0,4 x 5 x 2,2 in).
What is so characteristic of Henry Moore's sculptures is their archaic, heavy and earthy style. His reclined figures seem to have just come out of the ground and remain rooted in it. The physicality that Moore emphasizes by retracting individual expression determines the general structure of his sculptures. Even the small maquettes show how much the artist has a large-scale physicalness in mind. His small works, just as it is the case with the bronze offered here, have the same tendency towards monumentality, however, without running danger of being artificial. Moore's plastics are little space consuming as they already carry space within them. Their closeness is based on the persevere style. Even though his works show notions of abstraction, Moore remains obliged to traditional artistic means of expression. Opposed to a classic style, the artist emphasizes the creatural aspect in his sculptures. Henry Moore's style, which combines abstraction and figuration, had decisive influence on European post-war sculpting. [SM].