HENRY MOORE O.M., C.H. (1898-1986) Working Model for Reclining Figure: Bone Skirt 27 in (69 cm) (length, including base) (Cast in 1977-79) HENRY MOORE O.M., C.H. (1898-1986) Working Model for Reclining Figure: Bone Skirt 27 in (69 cm) (length, including base) (Cast in 1977-79) William O'Reilly

The Reclining Figure is the key element in Henry Moore's sculptural vocabulary, a constant from the early 1920s through to his very last works and forming more than half his finished oeuvre. The Reclining Figures are by turns archaic, surrealist, abstract and neo-classical,
until in late works, such as Working model for reclining figure: bone
skirt they are seemingly worn smooth by wind and water to leave
only the purest expression of the sculptor's intent. Working model for
reclining figure: bone skirt is thus the fruit of 50 years of engagement
with the subject, created with the absolute confidence and technical
mastery of the mature artist. Parallels have been drawn with the
'late style' of great masters such as Michelangelo, Beethoven and
Picasso. This piece was owned by the late Hollywood actress
Lauren Bacall who became a friend of the sculptor's when she lived
in London on the 1970s. As she once wrote, "I am surrounded
by Henry Moore in my daily life and I feel his strength and vitality
always."

William O'Reilly
Director of Impressionist and Modern Art

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