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HENRY MOORE (1898-1986)

 
By the late 1950's, Henry Moore began experimenting with the theme of seated figures set against a wall backdrop.  "Girl Seated Against Square Wall" (1957-1958) is one of eleven sculptures in the "Wall" series; each sculpture varies according to the position and number of figures depicted. These works show a diorama-like depiction of the subject and are widely recognized as an important part of the artist's oeuvre.  
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<br>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. By the late 1950's, Henry Moore began experimenting with the theme of seated figures set against a wall backdrop.  "Girl Seated Against Square Wall" (1957-1958) is one of eleven sculptures in the "Wall" series; each sculpture varies according to the position and number of figures depicted. These works show a diorama-like depiction of the subject and are widely recognized as an important part of the artist's oeuvre.  
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<br>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. By the late 1950's, Henry Moore began experimenting with the theme of seated figures set against a wall backdrop.  "Girl Seated Against Square Wall" (1957-1958) is one of eleven sculptures in the "Wall" series; each sculpture varies according to the position and number of figures depicted. These works show a diorama-like depiction of the subject and are widely recognized as an important part of the artist's oeuvre.  
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<br>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. By the late 1950's, Henry Moore began experimenting with the theme of seated figures set against a wall backdrop.  "Girl Seated Against Square Wall" (1957-1958) is one of eleven sculptures in the "Wall" series; each sculpture varies according to the position and number of figures depicted. These works show a diorama-like depiction of the subject and are widely recognized as an important part of the artist's oeuvre.  
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<br>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. By the late 1950's, Henry Moore began experimenting with the theme of seated figures set against a wall backdrop.  "Girl Seated Against Square Wall" (1957-1958) is one of eleven sculptures in the "Wall" series; each sculpture varies according to the position and number of figures depicted. These works show a diorama-like depiction of the subject and are widely recognized as an important part of the artist's oeuvre.  
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<br>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. By the late 1950's, Henry Moore began experimenting with the theme of seated figures set against a wall backdrop.  "Girl Seated Against Square Wall" (1957-1958) is one of eleven sculptures in the "Wall" series; each sculpture varies according to the position and number of figures depicted. These works show a diorama-like depiction of the subject and are widely recognized as an important part of the artist's oeuvre.  
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<br>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. By the late 1950's, Henry Moore began experimenting with the theme of seated figures set against a wall backdrop.  "Girl Seated Against Square Wall" (1957-1958) is one of eleven sculptures in the "Wall" series; each sculpture varies according to the position and number of figures depicted. These works show a diorama-like depiction of the subject and are widely recognized as an important part of the artist's oeuvre.  
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<br>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. By the late 1950's, Henry Moore began experimenting with the theme of seated figures set against a wall backdrop.  "Girl Seated Against Square Wall" (1957-1958) is one of eleven sculptures in the "Wall" series; each sculpture varies according to the position and number of figures depicted. These works show a diorama-like depiction of the subject and are widely recognized as an important part of the artist's oeuvre.  
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<br>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. By the late 1950's, Henry Moore began experimenting with the theme of seated figures set against a wall backdrop.  "Girl Seated Against Square Wall" (1957-1958) is one of eleven sculptures in the "Wall" series; each sculpture varies according to the position and number of figures depicted. These works show a diorama-like depiction of the subject and are widely recognized as an important part of the artist's oeuvre.  
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<br>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. By the late 1950's, Henry Moore began experimenting with the theme of seated figures set against a wall backdrop.  "Girl Seated Against Square Wall" (1957-1958) is one of eleven sculptures in the "Wall" series; each sculpture varies according to the position and number of figures depicted. These works show a diorama-like depiction of the subject and are widely recognized as an important part of the artist's oeuvre.  
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<br>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.
Girl Seated Against Square Wallconceived in 1957-40 1/2 x 33 x 27 5/8 in.(102.55 x 83.82 x 70.17 cm) bronze with patina
Provenance
Private Collection, circa 1960
Sale, Christie's New York, Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale, 12 May 2016, sale 12069, lot 5 C
Private Collection
Literature
W. 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 Moore Sculpture, London, 1981, p. 141, no. 289 (another cast illustrated in color, p. 94).
A. Bowness, ed
...More...., Henry Moore: Sculptures and Drawings 1955-64, London, 1986, vol. 3, p. 25, no. 425 (another cast illustrated, pls. 66 and 67).
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By the late 1950's, Henry Moore began experimenting with the theme of seated figures set against a wall backdrop. "Girl Seated Against Square Wall" (1957-1958) is one of eleven sculptures in the "Wall" series; each sculpture varies according to the position and number of figures depicted. These works show a diorama-like depiction of the subject and are widely recognized as an important part of the artist's oeuvre.

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.
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“A sculptor is a person who is interested in the shape of things, a poet in words, a musician by sounds.” – Henry Moore

MARKET INSIGHTS

  • Moore AMR 1976
  • 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.

Top Moore Sculptures at Auction

"Reclining Figure: Festival" (1951), bronze with a brown patina, length 90 in. Sold at Christie’s London: 30 June 2016 for $32,766,700 USD
“Reclining Figure: Festival” (1951), bronze with a brown patina, length 90 in. Sold at Christie’s London: 30 June 2016 for $32,766,700 USD
"Reclining Figure: Festival" (1951), bronze with a brown patina, length 96 1/4 in. Sold at Christie’s London: 07 February 2012 for $30,316,600 USD
“Reclining Figure: Festival” (1951), bronze with a brown patina, length 96 1/4 in. Sold at Christie’s London: 07 February 2012 for $30,316,600 USD
"Reclining Figure" (1982), bronze with a dark brown patina, 97 x 47 in. Sold at Christie’s New York: 13 November 2017 for $11,000,000 USD
“Reclining Figure” (1982), bronze with a dark brown patina, 97 x 47 in. Sold at Christie’s New York: 13 November 2017 for $11,000,000 USD

Other Notable Auction Records

"Mother and Child with Apple" (1956), bronze with a brown and green patina, 28 ½ x 19 ¾ x 17 3/4 in. Sold at Christie’s London: 04 February 2014 for $8,168,500 USD
“Mother and Child with Apple” (1956), bronze with a brown and green patina, 28 ½ x 19 ¾ x 17 3/4 in. Sold at Christie’s London: 04 February 2014 for $8,168,500 USD
"Working Model for Three Piece No. 3: Vertebrae" (1968), bronze with a brown patina, length 92 ¾ in. Sold at Christie’s London: 07 February 2012 for $8,073,500 USD
“Working Model for Three Piece No. 3: Vertebrae” (1968), bronze with a brown patina, length 92 ¾ in. Sold at Christie’s London: 07 February 2012 for $8,073,500 USD
"Two Piece Reclining Figure: Points" (1969-1970), bronze with a dark brown patina, 92 x 144 x 72 in. Sold at Christie’s New York: 12 November 2015 for $7,669,000 USD
“Two Piece Reclining Figure: Points” (1969-1970), bronze with a dark brown patina, 92 x 144 x 72 in. Sold at Christie’s New York: 12 November 2015 for $7,669,000 USD
"Family Group" (1946), bronze with a green patina, height 17 ½ in. Sold at Christie’s London: 26 June 2017 for $4,915,000 USD
“Family Group” (1946), bronze with a green patina, height 17 ½ in. Sold at Christie’s London: 26 June 2017 for $4,915,000 USD

Sculptures in Museum Collections

"Reclining Figure: Circle" (1983), Bronze, cast number 1/9, 17 × 35 in. Los Angeles County Museum of Art
“Reclining Figure: Circle” (1983), Bronze, cast number 1/9, 17 × 35 in. Los Angeles County Museum of Art
"Girl Seated Against a Square Wall" (1957-1958), Bronze, 42 x 33-5/8 x 28-1/8 in. The Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena
“Girl Seated Against a Square Wall” (1957-1958), Bronze, 42 x 33-5/8 x 28-1/8 in. The Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena
"Family Group" (1944), Bronze, 5 7/8 × 5 × 2 3/4 in. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
“Family Group” (1944), Bronze, 5 7/8 × 5 × 2 3/4 in. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
"Family Group" (1945), bronze, 7 × 4 × 2 1/2 in. The Tate, London
“Family Group” (1945), bronze, 7 × 4 × 2 1/2 in. The Tate, London
“I have always paid great attention to natural forms, such as bones, shells, and pebbles… Pebbles show Nature’s way of working stone.” – Henry Moore

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