Henry Moore ( British, 1898 - 1986 )

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General Description

Henry Moore carved this smooth, gracefully contoured figure with minimal facial features, the hint of a coiffure, and hands posed gently one within the other. The figure is incomplete; its limbs end just above the knee and seem to have disappeared into the textured cylindrical base, which was carved separately. Henry Moore claimed that he became a sculptor because he felt a deep connection with the material he used, whether it was wood, plaster, stone, or bronze. Sometimes it was the medium that dictated the form of his sculptures. Discussing this sculpture, Moore explains, "The three-quarter length figure of a girl with clasped hands is in boxwood. It was carved out of a log about four inches in diameter and twelve inches long. Because I liked this piece of material and didn't want to waste any of it, I kept the head nearly as wide as the body."

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Fun Facts

  • A comparison of Girl with the Senufo standing female figure (“rhythm pounder”) (1974.Sc.15)–unique among African figure sculptures—clearly indicates the inspiration for Moore’s design, with its cylindrical base and truncated legs.

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