March 5, 2017

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Lot 101: Henry Moore

Lot 101: Henry Moore

Three-Quarter Figure

1961
Patinated bronze
#3 of 9
Incised signature with edition verso
15" x 8.5" x 4"
Literature: Henry Moore: Sculptures and Drawings. Vol. III. A. Bowness, ed. 1965. #487.; Henry Moore. J. Hedgecoe, ed. 1968. 366-367.
Estimate: $15,000 - $20,000
Price Realized: $20,000
Inventory Id: 24101

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Henry Moore (1898–1986) was one of the most significant sculptors to emerge from Britain in the 20th century. Born into a mining family in Yorkshire, Moore served in the British Army in the First World War and went on to study at the Royal College of Art in London in 1921. During the 1930s he was awarded several commissions and exhibitions and he subsequently joined Unit One, an artists group which included major figures like Ben Nicholson, Paul Nash, and Barbara Hepworth. When Britain went to war once more, Moore worked as an official war artist. It was not until 1948 that he found lasting success, when he won the International Prize for Sculpture at the Venice Biennale. \r
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\rLandscape and the human figure played a key role in Moore’s practice. He is known for his numerous drawings of the human form, made throughout his long career, from photorealistic renderings of his own hands to studies of figures reclining, sitting, and standing. Moore’s sculptures are made from bronze, slate, stone, and were often created in monumental proportions for public sites. It is believed that the gentle curves of these works are an homage to the rolling hills of his native town. \r
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\rAnother formative influence for Moore were the Egyptian, Mexican, and African sculpture collections readily available in London museums. This fascination is evident in Three-Quarter Figure (1961), a bronze sculpture produced in an edition of 9. The rounded forms of this piece traverse the boundary between abstraction and representation, indicating somewhat ambiguously the head and torso of a female body. Despite its diminutive size, Three-Quarter Figure is a powerful and timeless work, one which draws comparisons to ancient sculpture. In his monograph on the artist, the celebrated British photographer John Hedgecoe wrote that this work reminded him “of some white plaster casts of seated figures dating from the Neolithic period in the British Museum.”
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\r“Henry Moore OM, CH: Biography.” Tate, n.d. Web. 12 Dec. 2016.\r
\rHenry Moore. Ed. John Hedgecoe. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1968. 366. Print.
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