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Henry Moore, 1898–1986, British

Working Model for a Two Piece Reclining Figure: Cut

Former Title(s):

Working Model for a Two Piece Reclining Figure: Cut, 1979, edition of 9, #4 Signed and numbered

Overall: 33 x 37 1/2 x 17 3/8 inches (83.8 x 95.3 x 44.1 cm)
Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Gift of Gail and Michael Klebanoff in honor of Arthur M. Klebanoff, Yale BA 1969, and Susan J. Klebanoff, Yale BA 1974
Copyright Status:
© Estate of the Artist
Accession Number:
Paintings and Sculpture
Subject Terms:
abstract art | figure | figure study | model
Not on view

The Pritzker Architecture Prize was established in 1979 by Jay and Cindy Pritzker and is awarded annually to a living architect whose work "demonstrates a combination of those qualities of talent, vision and commitment, which has produced consistent and significant contributions to humanity and the built environment through the art of architecture." The first nine recipients of the award—who included Philip Johnson and I. M. Pei—also received a limited edition cast of this sculpture by Henry Moore. In 1962, Moore reflected upon his decision to break the reclining figure into two: "Once these two parts become separated you don’t expect it to be a naturalistic figure; therefore, you can justifiably make it like a landscape or a rock. If it is a single figure, you can guess what it’s going to be like. If it is in two pieces, there’s a bigger surprise."

Gallery label for installation of YCBA collection, 2020

Bonhams, Bonham's Sales Catalogue : 20th Century British Art : Wednesday, 12 March 2008, Bonham's, 2008, pp. 104-117, lot 104, Sales Catalogues YCBA)

Henry Moore, drawings, bronzes, etching variations, lithographs, etchings & aquatints : June-July 1980, Fischer Fine Art Limited , Fischer Fine Art Limited, London, 1980, p. 12, no. 32, NJ18 M79 A12 1980

Henry Moore, gli ultimi 10 anni , Skira editore, Milan, 1995, p. 69, no. 18, NJ18 M79 M65 1995

Henry Moore, Sculpture, watercolors & drawings, graphics, portfolios , Weintraub Gallery, New York, NY, 1982, no. 4, NJ18 M79 A12 1982

HMF Enterprises Ltd., Henry Moore, the human dimension , London, 1991, p. 180, no. 107, NJ18 M79 L95 1991

Henry Moore, Henry Moore, Maquettes and working models , Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, KS, 1987, p. 8, no. 10, NJ18 M79 A12 1987

David Sylvester, Henry Moore : Complete Sculpture, , v. 1-6, Lund Humphries, London, 1977 - 1999, , v.ol. 5, cat. 757, pl. 168 -69, NJ18 M79 A12 B68 OVERSIZE (YCBA)

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