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Henry Moore, Working Model for Mother and Child: Hood
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TITLE:  Working Model for Mother and Child: Hood
ARTIST:  Henry Moore (British, 1898–1986)
WORK DATE:  1982
CATEGORY:  Sculptures
MATERIALS:  Bronze, light brown patina
MARKINGS:  Inscribed Moore, numbered 1/9, with the foundry mark H. Noack Berlin
SIZE:  h: 30 in / h: 76.2 cm
STYLE:  Contemporary
PRICE*:  Contact Gallery for Price
GALLERY:  Lillian Heidenberg Fine Art  +1-212-628-6110  Send Email
DESCRIPTION:  Moore was invited to make a large-scale sculpture for St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, and settled on a newly abstracted version of the theme that had occupied him during his entire career: the mother and child. Moore said of the idea, “I can’t get this Madonna and Child out of my mind. It may be my last work, and I want to give it the feel of having a religious connotation” (as cited in Henry Moore: The Human Dimension, op. cit, p. 137).

The full-scale version of Mother and Child: Hood was executed in Travertine marble in 1983 and it was indeed Moore’s last major work. At the end of his life, Moore produced this touchingly beautiful image of a mother’s tender embrace of her young child, with a delicate arch of the mother’s head as she gazes down. The recess in which the child rests suggests both a womb and a tender embrace, with its polished edges giving the child a type of halo. This moving sculpture can be read both in relation to other images of the Madonna and Child as well as to the more general theme of new life and the intimate connection between mother and child.

PROVENANCE:  Weintraub Gallery, New York
Sale: Christie’s, New York, May 14, 1986, lot 61
Acquired at the above sale by the present owner
ONLINE CATALOGUE(S):  Lillian Heidenberg Fine Art Inventory Catalogue
LITERATURE:  David Mitchinson, Moore, The New Work: Working Models, Maquettes, Reliefs, Drawings, Etchings, Lithographs, New York, 1983, illustration of another cast on the cover
Alan Bowness, ed., Henry Moore: Complete Sculpture, 1980-86, vol. 6, London, 1988, no. 850, illustrations of another cast p. 49 & pl. 98
Henry Moore: The Human Dimension (exhibition catalogue), London, 1991, no. 114, illustration of another cast p. 137
EXHIBITION HISTORY:  New York, James Goodman Gallery, Henry Moore, 1985
San Diego Museum of Art, on extended loan (1987-2003)
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