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Henry Moore, 1898–1986

Helmet Head, No. 3

Materials & Techniques:
Overall: 13 7/8 x 12 x 12 inches (35.2 x 30.5 x 30.5 cm)

Signed on back of head: "Moore"

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
© Estate of the Artist
Accession Number:
Paintings and Sculpture
Subject Terms:
abstract art | face | head | helmet | imprisonment | man | protection
Not on view
IIIF Manifest:

Henry Moore made a series of sculptures named Helmet Head beginning in the 1950s. These objects, which suggest an inner form within a casing that is at once protective and confining, were made in response to his memories of war. The young Henry Moore had fought in the First World War before being wounded in the Battle of Cambrai in November 1917. Later, he was appointed an official war artist during the Second World War. When Moore began working on the Helmet series, a new and even greater threat to civilization presented itself in the form of the Cold War and the very real danger of nuclear annihilation.

Gallery label for installation of YCBA collection, 2016

Revisiting Traditions [BAC 20th century painting & sculpture] (Yale Center for British Art, 2002-04-30 - 2005-05-18) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

20th Century Paintings and Sculpture (Yale Center for British Art, 2000-01-27 - 2000-04-30) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Henry Moore and the Heroic: A Centenary Tribute (Yale Center for British Art, 1999-01-23 - 1999-03-28) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition] [Exhibition Description]

Acquisitions : The First Decade 1977-1986, Yale Center for British Art , Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 1986, p. 21, no. 65, N590.2 A7 OVERSIZE (YCBA) [YCBA]

Julius Bryant, Caro Close Up, Yale University Press, New Haven, 2012, pp. 63, 64, fig. 4.13, NJ18.C225 B793 2012 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Laura Doan, Wombs of War: Henry Moore's Repositioning of Gender, Genders, Vol. 17, Fall 1993, pp. 41-58, BF692.2 G455 (SML) [ORBIS]

Helmet Head No. 3 (1957), Studio International, Vol. 186, July 1973, p. viii, J10 St94 + (A & A) [ORBIS]

Helmet Head No. 3, ART News, Vol. 64, December 1965, N1 A6 + (Haas) [ORBIS]

Henry Moore, 1898-1986 : a centenary exhibition, , Berkeley Square Gallery, London, 1998, no. 7, NJ18 M79 O72 1998 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Henry Moore, catalogue of graphic work, G. Cramer, Geneva, 1973, v. 2, NJ18 M79 C73 + (YCBA) [YCBA]

Henry Moore--prints, 1969-1974, catalogue of an exhibition of prints from the collection of the artist , International Exhibitions Foundation, Washington, 1975, xcatA (HAAS) [uncatalogued] [ORBIS]

Josef Paul Hodin, Avant-garde of English Sculpture and the Liberation from the Liberators, Quadrum, Vol. 18, 1965, p. 55, J10 Q22 (LSF - MUDD) [ORBIS]

Patrick McCaughey, Henry Moore and the heroic : a centenary tribute, , Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, Connecticut, 1999, no. 16, NJ18 M79 M22 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Paul Mellon's Legacy : a passion for British art [large print labels], , Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 2007, v. 1, N5220 M552 P381 2007 OVERSIZE (YCBA) [YCBA]

Quotations by the Sculptor, Arts & Architecture, Vol. 64, March 1947, pp. 21-23, Ja10 Ar79 + OVERSIZE (LSF) [ORBIS]

Duncan Robinson, Acquisitions : The First Decade 1977 - 1986, , Burlington Magazine, vol. 128, October 1986, p. 21, no. 65, N1 B87 128:3 OVERSIZE (YCBA) [YCBA]

Sotheby's sale catalogue : Catalogue of Modern British Drawings, Paintings, and Sculpture : 15 December 1965, Sotheby's, London, December 15 , 1965, p, 49, lot 183, pl. 185 (opposite p. 490), Auction Catalogues (YCBA)

David Sylvester, Henry Moore : Complete Sculpture, , v. 1-6, Lund Humphries, London, 1977 - 1999, , vol. 3, cat. 467, pl. 102, 103, NJ18 M79 A12 B68 OVERSIZE (YCBA) [YCBA]

William Zimmer, Bacon is the Star of Yale Reopening, New York Times, February 28, 1999, p. 14, Film An N43 (SML) Available online in FACTIVA [ORBIS]

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