Henry Moore in Kew gardens

Reclining Mother and Child 1975

A beautiful first day of summer  in May!

I went particularly to see this Bronze, finding numbers of individuals, families  and children interacting with this statue, touching, looking, peering,  having photos taken. A really good example of public sculpture fulfilling its purpose. What was evident is that people frequently came up to it and touched it, children were encouraged to do so, fascinated at the strangeness of the face and all the holes and shapes in the figure. I had the impression that the sculpture was the source of both fascination and fun. A visually impaired  man with his partner and dog whilst stroking the sculpture talked about the process of Bronze lost wax casting process, that Moore used. Quite inspiring.

Henry Moore used this particular motif of the reclining woman sometimes with child, on many occasions. He came across the inspiration whilst looking at the ethnographic sections of the British Museum where ancient sculptures were displayed, finding affinity in Mexican Aztec images . As I’ve looked at the pages of Tate website  this morning dedicated to the work of Henry Moore I’ve discovered more about the Chacmool sculpture which has the same posture, which were originally associated with Aztec rituals. Moore inspired by openness of the pose made the figure female.


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