Henry Moore

Two-Piece Reclining Figure No.2

About this artwork

Moore’s reclining figures are probably his best-known works, and are often displayed in public spaces. Dating from the later part of Moore’s career, this work 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.

Updated before 2020

  • artist:
  • title:
    Two-Piece Reclining Figure No.2
  • date created:
    1960
  • materials:
    Bronze (2/7)
  • measurements:
    128.00 x 256.00 x 104.00 cm
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Purchased 1960
  • accession number:
    GMA 757
  • gallery:
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Henry Moore

Henry Moore