About this artwork

This is the first in a long series of sculptures by Moore to feature one form enclosed within another. A strange figure stands inside the helmet which is half-protective and half-menacing. There are several sources for this piece. It relates to Moore's mother-and-child drawings in which the child is protected by the mother's arms. It also relates to his drawings of shells, in which a complex internal structure is contained within a simpler outer form. Moore was also involved with Surrealism at this period, and was influenced by the idea of the mind being an independent 'being' contained within a head. More specifically, in 1937, Moore had made studies of an ancient Greek helmet with eye-like holes pierced in the top.

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  • title:
    The Helmet
  • accession number:
    GMA 3602
  • artist:
    Henry MooreEnglish (1898 - 1986)
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  • materials:
    Lead
  • date created:
    1939 - 1940
  • measurements:
    29.10 x 18.00 x 16.50 cm (excluding base)
  • credit line:
    Purchased with help from the National Heritage Memorial Fund, the Art Fund (Scottish Fund) and the Henry Moore Foundation 1992
  • copyright:
    © The Henry Moore Foundation. All Rights Reserved, DACS / www.henry-moore.org 2018.
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve

Henry Moore

Henry Moore