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Reclining Figure

The reclining nude was one of English sculptor Henry Moore’s most important motifs, and one that he constantly sought to perfect. Carved from a soft stone quarried in Oxfordshire, Reclining Nude is simplified, reduced to basic shapes and contours. Moore has carefully emphasized the rough, organic texture of the stone, while simultaneously suggesting the smoothness of the figure’s body.

Henry Moore
English, 1898–1986
Reclining Figure
1947
Hornton stone
15 x 28 x 13 ½ in. (38.1 x 71.1 x 34.3 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Given in memory of Dr. Henry Radford Hope by Sarahanne Hope-Davis, 95.8

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