Fine Prints & Photography Online Auction

October 06, 2016

LOT 26

Lot 26

Henry Moore (1898-1986)

Henry Moore (1898-1986)
Lot 26 Details
Henry Moore (1898-1986), British


Colour lithograph on Japon nacre paper; signed and dated 67 in the plate in reverse to the image lower right, signed, dated 67 and numbered 35/50 in pencil along the bottom edge. Published by Marlborough Fine Art, London, UK.
Image Irregular/Sheet 13.5" x 11.75" — 34.3 x 29.8 cm.; 30.25" x 22.25" — 76.8 x 56.5 cm.

Estimate $1,500-$2,500

Realised: $1,320
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

Lot Report

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Henry Moore (1898-1986)
  • Henry Moore (1898-1986)
  • Henry Moore (1898-1986)

Knight Galleries, Johannesburg, South Africa;
Acquired from the above in 1983 by the present Private Collection, Toronto


Henry Moore’s signature form, “Reclining Nude” has been explored throughout many mediums from the printmaking process to sculptures. Two Reclining Figures provides an insight into Moore’s hard abstract figures – with equal emphasis on form and negative space becoming notable of Moore’s later work. The apotheosis of the modern nude into a pared down, mostly minimalistic form – that remains an articulation of beauty and inspiration derived from the human body.

“The Festival Reclining Figure is perhaps my first sculpture where the space and the form are completely dependent on and inseparable from each other. I had reached the stage where I wanted my sculpture to be truly three-dimensional. In my earliest use of holes in sculpture, the holes were features in themselves. Now the space and form are so naturally fused that they are one." – Henry Moore (As quoted to The Tate, London).


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LOT 26

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  • 5 Stars: Excellent - No discernable damage, flaws or imperfections
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  • 1 Star: Poor - Flaws or damage immediately apparent under standard lighting (examples: missing components, rips, broken glass, damaged surfaces, etc.)

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