This sculpture was commissioned by the Arts Council of Great Britain for the Festival of Britain exhibition (photo) in 1951. Moore was asked to make a carving of a family group symbolising 'Discovery', but he chose instead to make a large reclining figure in bronze. Moore explained his liking for reclining figures in typically rational terms, observing that large standing figures have a weak point at the ankles. > Tekst: National Galleries Scotland
Monday, 6 October 2014
Reclining Figure by Henry Moore - 1951
Henry Moore was born in 1898 as a son of a coal miner in Castleford, West Yorkshire, England. He was the seventh of eight children in a family that often struggled with poverty. Despite his early promise, Moore's parents had been against him training as a sculptor, a vocation they considered manual labour with few career prospects.
The 'Festival Reclining Figure' (length 228.5 cm) is located at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art One, Edinburgh
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