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1975 -- Reclining Mother and Child, Henry Moore

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1975 -- Reclining Mother and Child, Henry Moore
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Reclining Mother and Child, 1975, Henry Moore, (British, 1898-1986)

bronze, 94.5” x 53.5” x 47.5”


Surrealist: A participant in the surrealism movement founded by André Breton in 1924. The term is French for “transcending the real.” The movement absorbed the nonsensical Dada movement and was heavily based on the writings of Sigmund Freud. Surrealist practices are meant to liberate the unconscious through various methods and suspend conscious control.

More information about Andre' Breton

More Henry Moore...

Figurative Style: Representing the likeness of a recognizable human (or animal) figure.

Abstraction: In painting and sculpture, having a generalized or essential form with only a symbolic resemblance to natural objects.

Negative space: An enclosed empty space in architecture, sculpture or a painting which makes an essential contribution to the composition.


The Sculpture Garden boasts a collection of works by British artists, including Henry Moore’s Reclining Mother and Child. Moore was born in Yorkshire, England in 1898. At his parents’ insistence, he trained first as a school teacher, but enrolled in art school after World War I. Moore studied art at the Royal College of Art in London with fellow student, Barbara Hepworth.
Although Moore joined an English Surrealist Group in 1937, he never became a true surrealist. Instead the artist developed a personal,  figurative style that moved towards greater abstraction.
In 1940, after Moore’s London home was damaged by a Nazi bomb, the artist purchased Hoglands Estate in Perry Green in Hertfordshire. Hoglands would eventually become a huge complex of arts related facilities. Moore was a member of the Royal Academy and received more than 70 awards and honors during his life, including international sculpture prizes at the 1948 Venice Bienniale and the 1953 São Paulo Bienalle.

Moore was a very prolific artist. He was fascinated by sculptural traditions from all over the world and was particularly interested in non-western art, especially African and pre-Columbian works. He often chose the reclining figure or a mother and child as his subjects. This work combines both interests. Moore sought to convey the timeless, universal qualities of humanity, and he felt the bond between mother and child expressed this perfectly. Characteristic of Moore’s work is his exploration of the voids, the negative space created by the surrounding form. The arrangement of interpenetrating solids and voids creates tension, yet the organic feeling of his voluptuous form remains comforting.

What was going on the world during the decade this sculpture was completed?

1971 China joins the United Nations.


1972 J. Utzon completes the construction of the Sydney Opera House


1974-79 Judy Chicago creates The Dinner Party, the first large scale collaborative feminist work of art.


1974 Richard Nixon resigns from presidency; Gerald Ford becomes 38th President


1975 - 80  Piazza d’Italia constructed in New Orleans, heralding postmodernism.

1977 Apple II, the first personal computer, goes on sale


1979 Margaret Thatcher becomes first female British Prime Minister


1979 Mother Teresa awarded Nobel Peace Prize
1980 John Lennon shot and killed in NYC




          • Write a descriptive interpretation of Moore’s sculptures. (ELA-2-E1, M1, H1, H5, ELA -7-E4, M4, H4)



          • Keep a pencil and a pad of paper by your bed. After having a dream, jot down the dream as you best remember it. Transform the dream into a visual image. (Benchmarks 2, 7, K-12)


          • What art styles developed at the same time as Surrealism in Europe and the US? Make a painting in the style of Surrealism and two other styles that developed at this time. (Benchmarks 1, 4, K-12)


          Discuss abstraction versus realism. Paint or draw a realistic landscape or still-life. Create the same subject in the style of Moore. (CE-1VA-H4)




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