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Creator:
Henry Moore, 1898–1986, British
Title:

Bird and Egg

Date:
1934
Medium:
Cumberland alabaster
Dimensions:
8 1/8 × 22 × 9 1/4 inches (20.6 × 55.9 × 23.5 cm)
Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
© Estate of the Artist
Accession Number:
B1984.6.3
Classification:
Sculptures
Collection:
Paintings and Sculpture
Subject Terms:
abstract art | bird | egg | platform
Access:
Not on view
Link:
https://collections.britishart.yale.edu/catalog/tms:1497
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Henry Moore emerged in the 1930s as one of the leading artists of his generation. Like his friend Paul Nash, Moore was exploring surrealism while resisting the temptation to indulge in the pure abstraction of Ben Nicholson and his fellow sculptor Barbara Hepworth. Moore favored organic forms, and the bold asymmetry found in Bird and Egg is bound up with his fundamentally representational approach. As he put it at the time: "Asymmetry is connected also with the desire for the organic (which I have) rather than the geometric." Like Nash and John Piper, he was also interested in the idea of place. Here he used a native stone, a green Cumberland alabaster, which was quarried within the British Isles and also had a long tradition of use in British sculpture. The young Moore felt that he should know and use native varieties of stone in preference to material acquired from abroad.

Gallery label for Connections (Yale Center for British Art, 2011-05-26 - 2011-09-11)

Marvelous Objects - Surrealist Sculpture from Paris to New York (Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (Smithsonian), 2015-10-15 - 2016-01-31) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Connections (Yale Center for British Art, 2011-05-26 - 2011-09-11) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Henry Moore (Barcelona) (CaixaForum, Fundacio "la Caixa", 2006-07-18 - 2006-10-29) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Henry Moore Retrospective (National Gallery of Art, 2001-10-21 - 2002-01-27) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Henry Moore Retrospective (Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, 2001-06-24 - 2001-09-16) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Henry Moore Retrospective (Dallas Museum of Art, 2001-02-25 - ) [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]

Acquisitions : The First Decade 1977-1986, Yale Center for British Art , Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 1986, pp. 9, 21, no. 64, fig. 13, N590.2 A7 OVERSIZE (YCBA) [YCBA]

Maria Llui¨sa Borra`s, Henry Moore, Fundació "la Caixa", Barcelona, 2006, pp. 90, 204, no. LH 152, NJ18 M79 H45 2006 OVERSIZE (YCBA) [YCBA]

Valerie J. Fletcher, Marvelous Objects : Surrealist Sculpture from Paris to New York, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (Smithsonian), Washington, DC ; Mu¨nich, 2015, pp. 65, 67, no. 63, NB198.5 S8 +F54 2015 Oversize (HAAS) [ORBIS]

Robert Melville, Henry Moore : Sculpture and Drawings 1921-1969, Thames and Hudson, London, 1970, p. 343, pl. 107, NJ18 M79 +M45 Oversize (YCBA) [YCBA]

Parke-Bernet Galleries, Parke-Bernet Galleries Sale Catalogue : The Collection of Twentieth Century Paintings and Sculptures Formed by the Late G. David Thompson of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania : 23 March 1966, New York, March 23, 1966, pp. 26-27, Lot 14, J586 +966T Oversize (LSF) [OCLC]

Duncan Robinson, Acquisitions : The First Decade 1977 - 1986, , Burlington Magazine, vol. 128, October 1986, pp. 9, 21, no. 64, fig. 13, N1 B87 128:3 OVERSIZE (YCBA) [YCBA]

John Russell, Henry Moore, Putnam, New York, 1968, pp. 2, 5, pl. 2, NJ18 M79 +R78 Oversize (YCBA) [YCBA]

David Sylvester, Henry Moore : Complete Sculpture, , v. 1-6, Lund Humphries, London, 1977 - 1999, p. 88 (v.1), no. 152 (v.1), , NJ18 M79 A12 B68 OVERSIZE (YCBA) [YCBA]

John Wilmerding, Essays in Honor of Paul Mellon : Collector and Benefactor, National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1986, pp. 321-327, fig. 1, N7442.2 M455 1986 c.1 (YCBA) [YCBA]


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