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Large Four Piece Reclining Figure 1972-73 (LH 629)

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bronze
length 402cm


In the early 1970s Moore produced a group of monumental sculptures relying heavily on the curve or arc as its principal motif. This work, in the company of Sheep Piece 1971-72 (LH 627) and Hill Arches 1973 (LH 636), exemplifies the trend, its complex semi-abstract composition and highly polished bronze patina making it a ‘difficult’ work to read. The hollows, voids and truncated elements do, however, bind together very successfully to make a sculpture filled with warmth and movement. Moore successfully reused the central lobe-like feature in Mother and Child 1978 (LH 754) without compromising its sense of mystery or significance.

Michael Phipps, catalogue entry in Six Leading Sculptors and The Human Figure, National gallery, Athens, cultural Olympiad 2004