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HENRY MOORE (1898-1986)

 
Henry Moore, a father of Modern British sculpture, is known for his large-scale, semi-abstract figurative sculptures in bronze, wood, and marble. This 1960 bronze sculpture of two seated figures demonstrates Moore’s gestural treatment of material. The focus on a family group is reflective of the artist’s move toward a sense of optimism after World War II. Small sculptures like this one are rare, and in subject mater and composition are reminiscent of his earlier seated figures based upon ancient Egyptian royal sculpture. Henry Moore, a father of Modern British sculpture, is known for his large-scale, semi-abstract figurative sculptures in bronze, wood, and marble. This 1960 bronze sculpture of two seated figures demonstrates Moore’s gestural treatment of material. The focus on a family group is reflective of the artist’s move toward a sense of optimism after World War II. Small sculptures like this one are rare, and in subject mater and composition are reminiscent of his earlier seated figures based upon ancient Egyptian royal sculpture. Henry Moore, a father of Modern British sculpture, is known for his large-scale, semi-abstract figurative sculptures in bronze, wood, and marble. This 1960 bronze sculpture of two seated figures demonstrates Moore’s gestural treatment of material. The focus on a family group is reflective of the artist’s move toward a sense of optimism after World War II. Small sculptures like this one are rare, and in subject mater and composition are reminiscent of his earlier seated figures based upon ancient Egyptian royal sculpture. Henry Moore, a father of Modern British sculpture, is known for his large-scale, semi-abstract figurative sculptures in bronze, wood, and marble. This 1960 bronze sculpture of two seated figures demonstrates Moore’s gestural treatment of material. The focus on a family group is reflective of the artist’s move toward a sense of optimism after World War II. Small sculptures like this one are rare, and in subject mater and composition are reminiscent of his earlier seated figures based upon ancient Egyptian royal sculpture. Henry Moore, a father of Modern British sculpture, is known for his large-scale, semi-abstract figurative sculptures in bronze, wood, and marble. This 1960 bronze sculpture of two seated figures demonstrates Moore’s gestural treatment of material. The focus on a family group is reflective of the artist’s move toward a sense of optimism after World War II. Small sculptures like this one are rare, and in subject mater and composition are reminiscent of his earlier seated figures based upon ancient Egyptian royal sculpture. Henry Moore, a father of Modern British sculpture, is known for his large-scale, semi-abstract figurative sculptures in bronze, wood, and marble. This 1960 bronze sculpture of two seated figures demonstrates Moore’s gestural treatment of material. The focus on a family group is reflective of the artist’s move toward a sense of optimism after World War II. Small sculptures like this one are rare, and in subject mater and composition are reminiscent of his earlier seated figures based upon ancient Egyptian royal sculpture. Henry Moore, a father of Modern British sculpture, is known for his large-scale, semi-abstract figurative sculptures in bronze, wood, and marble. This 1960 bronze sculpture of two seated figures demonstrates Moore’s gestural treatment of material. The focus on a family group is reflective of the artist’s move toward a sense of optimism after World War II. Small sculptures like this one are rare, and in subject mater and composition are reminiscent of his earlier seated figures based upon ancient Egyptian royal sculpture. Henry Moore, a father of Modern British sculpture, is known for his large-scale, semi-abstract figurative sculptures in bronze, wood, and marble. This 1960 bronze sculpture of two seated figures demonstrates Moore’s gestural treatment of material. The focus on a family group is reflective of the artist’s move toward a sense of optimism after World War II. Small sculptures like this one are rare, and in subject mater and composition are reminiscent of his earlier seated figures based upon ancient Egyptian royal sculpture.
Two Seated Figures Against Wall196019 5/8 x 19 3/8 x 9 3/4 in.(49.85 x 49.21 x 24.77 cm) bronze with brown patina
Provenance
Christie's New York: Wednesday, May 1, 1996 [Lot 00381], Impressionist & Modern Paintings, Drawings & Sculpture, P. II
Private Collection, Washington
Henry Moore, a father of Modern British sculpture, is known for his large-scale, semi-abstract figurative sculptures in bronze, wood, and marble. This 1960 bronze sculpture of two seated figures demonstrates Moore’s gestural treatment of material. The focus on a family group is reflective of the artist’s move toward a sense of optimism after World War II. Small sculptures like this one are rare, and in subject mater and composition are reminiscent of his earlier seated figures based upon ancient Egyptian royal sculpture.
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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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