Two-Piece Reclining Figure No.2
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Two-Piece Reclining Figure No.2 1960
Moore’s reclining figures are probably his best-known works, and are often displayed in public spaces. This sculpture is currently situated in the grounds behind the Modern One. Dating from the later part of Moore’s career, it shows the development of his figures into a combination of figurative and landscape forms. The rough, gouged surface is textured like rock, while the body is split into two sections with the lower body resembling the shapes of cliffs and sea caves – Moore cited Monet’s paintings of cliffs as an inspiration. The human form is thus made monumental and dignified, as if weathered by natural forces but stubbornly surviving. This sculpture is the second of seven casts – another version is owned by Tate, London.

Glossary Open


The production of a sculpture by use of a mould to make a copy, usually in a more durable material, of the original work. The term is used to describe both the process and the resulting object.

Figurative art

A general term for art that refers to the real, visible world, used more specifically for the representation of the human figure.

Cast, Figurative art


  • Acc. No. GMA 757
  • Medium Bronze (2/7)
  • Size 128.00 x 256.00 x 104.00 cm
  • Credit Purchased 1960