Henry Moore: Large Locking Piece

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Large Locking Piece, sculpture by Henry Moore

Large Locking Piece (1965), bronze sculpture by Henry Moore, at the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, The Hague, Netherlands

The Large Locking Piece (1965), depicted in the present photograph, is a bronze sculpture by the English sculptor and artist Henry Spencer Moore (1898-1986). The sculpture is located at the Skulpturenpark of the Municipal Museum (Gemeentemuseum Den Haag) in The Hague, The Netherlands.

Henry Moore is best known for his semi-abstract sculptures and statues that can be found at several popular locations such as public museums and sculpture gardens, as well as at indoor museums and private collections around the world.

Moore developed his own unique style of abstraction, usually depicting the human figure, and especially the female figure which seems to be his favorite. However, his abstract figures, though developed from human and natural objects, may sometimes look like mechanical objects. Another interesting feature that can be quite commonly observed in his works is the presence of hollow spaces. He often created a single abstract figure from two or more separate pieces, and yet giving the illusion of the composite form that he wanted to create.

Large Locking Piece, Henry Moore bronze sculpture

Another view of the bronze sculpture titled ‘Large Locking Piece’ (1965) by Henry Moore at the Gemeentemuseum

For the current work, Moore developed the concept of ‘Locking Piece’ by observing two pebbles he was playing with, and they seemed to fit each other and lock together, as the artist himself explained. From this idea, Moore created a two-piece sculpture that were not separate but gave the idea of being locked together.

One of the earlier versions of the series titled Locking Piece (1962) by Henry Moore can be viewed at the Lehmbruck Museum (Stiftung Wilhelm Lehmbruck Museum) in Duisburg, Germany.

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