The long-forgotten shape

 

In later life [ the sculptor Henry] Moore often told the story of how his mother suffered from bad rheumatism in the back. “She would often say to me in winter when I came back from school, ”Henry, boy, come and rub my back.” Then I would massage her back with liniment. He related this experience to a particular seated figure of a mature woman he made in 1957. “I found that I was unconsciously giving to its back the long-forgotten shape of the one that I had so often rubbed as a boy.’

One feels that such early experiences somehow inform the vision he wished to convey through all his later sophisticated sculptural skills.”  (More on this)

Peter Fuller, Henry Moore, Methuen 1993, p 18

 

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