Reclining Figure 1969–70

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Reclining Figure 1969–70
Henry Moore-Reclining Figure-Tel Aviv Museum of Art.jpg
Reclining Figure 1969–70 displayed in the Lola Beer Ebner Sculpture Garden at the entrance the Tel Aviv Museum of Art.
Artist Henry Moore
Year 1969-70
Type Bronze
Dimensions 343 cm (135 in)

Reclining Figure 1969–70 (LH 608) is a bronze sculpture by English artist Henry Moore.


Inspired by the shape of a piece of flint, Moore created a maquette for the sculpture in plaster which was cast in an edition of small bronzes, some 15 centimetres (5.9 in) long. The maquette was used to create a full-size version in polystyrene, which was used to create a mould for a monumental sculpture.

The sculpture can be viewed as an abstraction of a reclining female human figure, resting on one arm, hip and two legs, with the second arm raised, and a prominence on the chest suggesting a breast. It has no evident face.

Six full-size copies were cast in 1969 and early 1970, at the Noack factory in Berlin, and an artist's copy was cast shortly before Moore's death in 1986. The sculpture measures 3 × 3.6 × 2 metres (9.8 × 11.8 × 6.6 ft) and weighs around 2 tonnes (2.2 tons). One cast was exhibited in a major retrospective of his work at the Forte di Belvedere in Florence in 1972, later described by Moore as the pinnacle of his career.

The artist's cast (0/6) was stolen from the Henry Moore Foundation at Perry Green, Hertfordshire on 15 December 2005. It is believed to have been hoisted onto the back of a stolen flatbed Mercedes lorry using a crane, cut up for scrap the same night, and shipped to Rotterdam, and then probably to the Far East. The sculpture was estimated to be worth £3m, but only £1,500 as scrap. The theft inspired German artist Fritz Balthaus in 2009 to cast bronze ingots of equivalent weight which, arranged in a form approximating Moore's sculpture, are displayed as Pure Moore at the Federal Criminal Police Office in Berlin.[1]

Three of the six other casts are exhibited at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art at Humlebaek in Denmark, the Hakone Open-Air Museum in Japan, and the Lola Beer Ebner Sculpture Garden at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art in Israel. Three are in private collections, including one (cast 2/6) that was sold at Christie's in November 2013 for $6,101,000.[2]

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  1. ^ de:Pure Moore
  2. ^ Reclining Figure, Christie's, 5 November 2013

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