Henry Moore, ‘Reclining Figures’, 1940, Bernard Jacobson Gallery

Signature: Signed and date "Moore 40" lower right (recto).

Henry Moore Sculpture and Drawings 1921-48, Volume 1, illustrated on page 222.
Ann Garrold, ed., Henry Moore, Complete Drawings 1930-39, London, 1998, Volume 2, page 238, no. AG 39-40.33. (Ann Garrould states "This is one of Moore's earliest known representations of two reclining figures embracing, a subject he was to develop in the mid-1970s").

Willard Gallery, New York
Private Collection, New York, acquired in the 1940s

About Henry Moore

Often regarded as the father of modern British sculpture, Henry Moore’s large-scale bronze and marble sculptures can be found in public parks and plazas around the world. Working in various styles and mediums, Moore is perhaps best known for his highly abstract and interpretive renditions of the human figure, often portrayed in the reclining position. He was influenced by Classical, Pre-Columbian, and African art, and by Surrealism; his biomorphic style has been compared that of Salvador Dalí and Jean Arp. Moore was a longtime friend and colleague of fellow sculptor Barabara Hepworth, having met at the Leeds School of Art around 1919. He also admired the work of Constantin Brancusi, whose organic abstract style resonated with Moore’s belief that observation of nature is essential to artistic creation. Moore himself inspired many artists including his former studio assistants Anthony Caro and Richard Wentworth.

British, 1898-1986, Castleford, United Kingdom, based in Much Hadham, United Kingdom