Osborne Samuel Gallery

Six reclining figures, 1944
Henry Moore (Castleford 1898-1986 Much Hadham)
Pencil, watercolour, colour crayon, pen and black ink on paper
38.8 x 54.6 cm
Signed and dated lower left
Inscribed: Reclining Figures for terracotta Oct 61
Reference: HMF2259a; AG44.75
The six reclining figures in this wartime drawing are beautifully drawn ideas for sculpture typical of the artist's working method. The six figures are isolated in space and float on ledges. These ideas were developed in a drawing from the same period Reclining Figures: Ideas for Stone Sculpture, 1944, in which each figure appears in an individual pod in a subterranean setting. Moore's interest in underground landscapes had previously been expressed in his 'Shelter Drawings' series of 1941, depicting figures taking refuge in the London Underground during the Blitz, and in his coal mining drawings of the same year
Provenance: Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle, Munich; private collection, United Kingdom
Literature: A. Garrould, Henry Moore, complete drawings, vol 3, 1940-49, Aldershot, 2001, n° AG44.75; HMF 2259a, p. 228-229

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