Among his favourite themes were the reclining figure and the mother and child, simple motifs which offered virtually endless opportunities for formal reinvention. The reclining figure, which in his work is almost exclusively female, allowed Mo ore to study the human body in a wide range of variations, simply by altering the arrangement of limb s or the orientation and incline of the head and torso. The mother and child motif allowed him to explore the juxtaposition and interaction between independent forms of different sizes.
BELOW: MOTHER AND CHILD: BLOCK SEAT 1983-84
Bronze. ©The Henry Moore Foundation: acquired 1986. Photo: Pete Huggins ©Houghton Hall