Upright Motive: Maquette No.6

by Henry Moore


MEDIUM: Bronze
DIMENSIONS: (height) 12 inches (30.48 cm)
SIGNATURE: Conceived in 1955, cast by 1965

Upright Motive: Maquette No.6 was conceived as part of a series of tall standing sculptures made by Moore between 1955 and 1956.


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    These sculptures were derived from ideas Moore had developed in response to architectural commissions. Its ambiguous shapes and vertical alignment recall his earlier surrealist works and his interest in prehistoric and ancient Greek art.


    M. Knoedler & Co., Inc., New York;
    Acquired from the above by the family of the present owners, April 1969;
    Christie’s, New York, Impressionist & Modern Art Sale, 8 November 2012, lot 492;
    Private Collection, United Kingdom

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    Henry Moore was an English sculptor and artist. His work uses forms mirroring yet abstracting nature; especially the human figure. He gained much exposure for his abstract monumental bronze sculptures which are located around the world as public works of art.

    He completed mother-and-child as well as reclining figures in space. Moore was fascinated by the nuances of the female body, apart from a phase in the 1950s when he focused on family groups. Working with positive and negative space, some of his works are pierced or have hollow spaces. Critics and admirers have likened the undulating forms in his reclining figures to the landscape and hills of his birthplace, Yorkshire.

    His ability in later life to fulfill large-scale commissions made him exceptionally wealthy. Yet he lived frugally and most of the money he earned went towards endowing the Henry Moore Foundation, which continues to support education and promotion of the arts.

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