ProvenancePrivate Collection, circa 1960
Sale, Christie's New York, Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale, 12 May 2016, sale 12069, lot 5 C
ExhibitionPhiladelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia Collects 20th Century, October-November 1963, p. 26 (illustrated).
LiteratureW. Grohmann, The Art of Henry Moore, London, 1960, p. 9, nos. 186-187 (another cast and detail of another cast illustrated).
R. Melville, ed., Henry Moore: Sculpture and Drawings 1921-1969, London, 1970, no. 570 (another cast illustrated).
D. Mitchinson, ed., Henry M...More...oore Sculpture, London, 1981, p. 141, no. 289 (another cast illustrated in color, p. 94).
A. Bowness, ed., Henry Moore: Sculptures and Drawings 1955-64, London, 1986, vol. 3, p. 25, no. 425 (another cast illustrated, pls. 66 and 67).
Moore's constant innovation and experimentation with his subject is why he is considered one of the great masters of the 20th Century. Another "Girl Seated Against Square Wall" (1957-1958)" can be found in the permanent collection of the Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena, California.
Henry Moore’s market for top sculptural works has seen significant activity since 2016 when Reclining Figure: Festival (1951) set the world record price for a work at auction, selling for $32,766,700.
Although Henry Moore was a prolific artist in a variety of media, his sculptures are the most desirable and will likely continue to see a rise in value as the supply of important bronzes continues to decrease.
The graph by Art Market Research shows that since 1976, Henry Moore sculptures have increased at a 4.9% annual rate of return.
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