Henry Moore, ‘Seated Mother & Child: Four Studies’, 1980, Osborne Samuel

Signature: Signed Moore & dated 80 lower right; numbered 80(93) verso

Basel, Galerie Beyeler, Henry Moore: Sculptures, Drawings: The Last 10 Years, 1982, no. 48

Ann Garrould, ed., Henry Moore, Complete Drawings 1977-81, vol. 5, London, 1994, nos. AG 80.135 & HMF 80(93), illustrated p. 110

Raymond Spencer Company, Much Hadham UK
Galerie Beyeler, Basel (acquired from the above in 1982)
Christie's, New York, May 13, 1987, lot 183
Umeda Art Boeki, Osaka (acquired by 1992)
Private Collection, Japan
Acquired from the above circa 2005

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