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Two Piece Reclining Figure No. 1

Henry Moore, English, 1898–1986
Cast in
Berlin, Berlin, Germany, Europe
Probably designed in
Much Hadham, Hertfordshire, England, Europe
Current Location
On View, Outdoor, South Lawn
sculpture: 51 x 76 in. (129.5 x 193 cm)
Credit Line
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Howard F. Baer
© 2012 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, NY
Object Number
This massive sculpture represents the first time that Henry Moore separated the two elements of the human torso. The head and upper body are clearly visible in one piece and an upwardly projecting leg in the other. For Moore, this division heightened the relationship between the configuration of the human body and natural forms: he compared his sculpture to “a landscape of a rock.”
by c.1961 - 1970
Howard F. and Isabel Baer, purchased from the artist [1]

1970 -
Saint Louis Art Museum, given by Howard F. and Isabel Baer [2]

[1] Mr. and Mrs. Howard F. Baer purchased "Two–Piece Reclining Figure No. 1" from the artist [Baer, Howard. "Saint Louis to Me: Footnotes on Fifty Years." St. Louis: Hawthorn Publishing Co. Inc., 1978, p. 250].
According to the Museum's accession records, the Baer's acquired the work around 1961 and lent it to Lambert Saint Louis Airport, where it was on display from 1961–1970, before entering the Museum's collection.

[2] Minutes of the Acquisitions Committee of the Board of Trustees, City Art Museum, June 25, 1970.
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