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Seated Woman

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Seated Woman


Henry Moore (British, 1898 - 1986)




designed 1958–1959; cast 1975



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203.2 × 96.5 × 129.5 cm, 581.5114 kg (80 × 38 × 51 in., 1282 lb.)


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Credit Line:

Gift of Fran and Ray Stark

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Object Description

Although willfully distorted, this large bronze form remains instantly identifiable as a seated woman. The figure's lower half has been reduced to a bulbous mass that rests atop a minimally articulated stool. The top half is more contorted, yet plainly recognizable as a female torso. The woman's head turns distractedly to one side and, though lacking in anatomical specificity, achieves a surprising degree of expression.

The creation of this sculpture reveals the lengthy gestation period that sometimes accompanied Henry Moore's work. In the late 1950s, he made a maquette or small plaster model of this seated figure. Once he had achieved the desired shape, one of Moore's studio assistants then carved a plaster mold of the maquette to be sent to a foundry for casting in bronze. But Moore, unsatisfied with the large mold, chose not to have it cast and continued to refine the plaster. It remained in his studio for many years and was finally cast in 1975--more than two decades after the original design was conceived.

- 1985

The Raymond Spencer Company, Ltd. (Hertfordshire, England), sold to Fran and Ray Stark, February 13, 1985.

1985 - 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).

The J. Paul Getty Museum Handbook of the Collections. 7th ed. (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2007), p. 280, ill.

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. 126-29, no. 20, entry by Christopher Bedford.