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Upright Motif No.8

MOORE, Henry (1898 - 1986)

Upright Motif No.8

Date: 1956

Media: bronze

Size: 227.0 cm

Acquired: 1962; Purchase

Accession Number: NMW A 2415

By 1950 Henry Moore was generally recognised as the leading avant garde artist in Britain. In 1955-56 he worked upon a series of upright bronze sculptures reminiscent of totem poles and the statues of Brancusi. Three of these Upright Motifs were sometimes displayed together to evoke a Crucifixion group. Here, the rounded humanoid forms set against vertical fluting suggest a figure bound to a classical column, such as St. Sebastian or Christ at the Flagellation.

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