Two Piece Reclining Figure No. 9

Two Piece Reclining Figure No. 9, 1968
Henry Moore (1898–1986)

Henry Moore, best known for his carved marble and cast bronze abstractions of the human figure, was born in Castleford, West Yorkshire, England, and studied at the Leeds School of Art and the Royal College of Art in London. A profoundly humanist sculptor, Moore helped to sustain the human figure as a significant subject while working in an increasingly industrial and technological age.

In 1924 Moore visited the Musée du Louvre in Paris and was profoundly influenced by a plaster cast of a Toltec-Maya Chac-Mool sculpture of a reclining figure—a form that became the primary motif of his subsequent career. Beginning in the 1930s, Moore created a number of reclining figures composed of two separate sections. The undulating surfaces of Two Piece Reclining Figure No. 9 evoke both the female form and the rolling hills near the artist’s birthplace and implicitly link them as fertile sources of life and growth.

Henry Moore (1898-1986)
Two Piece Reclining Figure No. 9, 1968
Cast bronze
Gift of George Quist and Robin Quist Gates

Listen to Colin B. Bailey, Director of Museums, provide his perspective on Henry Moore, Two Piece Reclining Figure No. 9.