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Bronze Form

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Bronze Form


Henry Moore (British, 1898 - 1986)







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425.5 × 228.6 × 111.8 cm, 1905.1075 kg (167 1/2 × 90 × 44 in., 2 tons 200 lb.)


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Gift of Fran and Ray Stark

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Object Description

This immense bronze sculpture is more than fourteen feet high. Its title does not reveal a specific subject and the form can be seen as abstract--its golden, undulating surfaces glimmering in sunlight. But the sculpture's vertical orientation also evokes an upright human figure. The dramatic, curvilinear contours suggest that the sculptor had a female form in mind.

The sculptor Henry Moore always insisted that his work relate to recognizable forms, "Purely abstract sculpture seems to me to be an activity that would be better fulfilled in another art such as architecture. . . . I have never been tempted to remain a purely abstract sculptor." This sculpture had its origins in a group of drawings created by the artist almost fifty years earlier. In the mid-1930s, Moore made a series of sketches based on carved wood figures from the South Pacific. Around 1940, he began to transform this imagery into three-dimensions, creating a series of helmet-encased heads. Bronze Form is directly related to this theme and was completed only a year before the artist's death.

- 1988

The Raymond Spencer Company, Ltd. (Hertfordshire, England.), sold to Fran and Ray Stark, April 11, 1988.

1988 - 1992

Fran Stark and Ray Stark, upon the death of Fran Stark, retained by her husband, Ray Stark, 1992.

1992 - 2004

Ray Stark, upon his death, distributed to the Ray Stark Revocable Trust.

2004 - 2005

The Ray Stark Revocable Trust, donated to the J. Paul Getty Museum.


Bowness, Alan and David Sulvester, editors. Henry Moore: Complete Sculpture. 6 vols. (London: Lund Humphries, 1977-1988).

Mitchinson, David. Celebrating Moore (Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1998), p. 40.

Boström, Antonia, ed. The Fran and Ray Stark Collection of 20th-Century Sculpture at the J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2008), pp. 134-37, no. 22, entry by Christopher Bedford.

The J. Paul Getty Museum Handbook of the Collections. 8th ed. (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2015), p. 320, ill.