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Large Spindle Piece

1974 (from the model of 1968-69)
132 x 130 x 90 1/2 in. (335.3 x 330.2 x 229.9 cm)

Henry Moore (British 1898 - 1986) Primary

Medium and Support: cast monumental bronze
Credit Line: Gund Gallery Collection; gift of Mr. and Mrs. Graham Gund ’63
Accession Number: 2015.2.34
Henry Spencer Moore’s Large Spindle Piece is a cast-bronze biomorphic form, fragmented into flowing waves and points. In conceiving this work, Moore drew from multiple sources: the form is based on a flint pebble the artist found around his home in Hertfordshire, England, and its movement is inspired by a detail in Michelangelo’s painting of God’s hand reaching out to Adam’s finger on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. Moore was interested in developing three dimensions in his pieces in new ways, which led him to introduce negative space into this sculpture. As a result, this amorphous twisting form seems to undulate out of an absent center.

Isabelle Brauer `16

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