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© 2012 The Henry Moore Foundation. All Rights Reserved. / ARS, New York / DACS, London
Gift of Fran and Ray Stark

Henry Moore
British, 1985
Bronze
14 ft. 6 in., 4200 lb.
2005.117.1

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This immense bronze sculpture is more than fourteen feet high. Its title does not reveal a specific subject and the form can be seen as abstract--its golden, undulating surfaces glimmering in sunlight. But the sculpture's vertical orientation also evokes an upright human figure. The dramatic, curvilinear contours suggest that the sculptor had a female form in mind.

The sculptor Henry Moore always insisted that his work relate to recognizable forms, "Purely abstract sculpture seems to me to be an activity that would be better fulfilled in another art such as architecture. . . . I have never been tempted to remain a purely abstract sculptor." This sculpture had its origins in a group of drawings created by the artist almost fifty years earlier. In the mid-1930s, Moore made a series of sketches based on carved wood figures from the South Pacific. Around 1940, he began to transform this imagery into three-dimensions, creating a series of helmet-encased heads. Bronze Form is directly related to this theme and was completed only a year before the artist's death.