Moore Reclining Figure


Bronze sculpture of a figure in repose.

Henry Moore
b. 1898 Castleford, England; d. 1986 Perry Green, England
Working Model for Reclining Figure: Prop, 1976
15 5/8 x 31 5/8 x 15 1/2 inches
Accession date: 2011
Gift of Sara Jo Kobacker
© Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / DACS, London



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About the Artist

Henry Moore, often regarded as the father of modern British sculpture, was born in Castleford, England in 1898. He attended the Leeds School of Art and the Royal College of Art.
Moore traveled extensively in Europe and met numerous artists such as Georges Braque and Alberto Giacometti. While in Paris, he came upon a cast of an ancient Mexican stone carving that became the most important influence on his work – Chac Mool.

During the 1930s, his work appeared in exhibitions in Europe and the US. In 1948, he won the prestigious International Prize at the Venice Biennale and his reputation as a major artist was firmly established.

In the 1950s, Moore began to execute large-scale public commissions and continued in create in a variety of media – sculpture, drawing, printmaking, and textile design –  which he would continue throughout his life. Moore was invited to exhibit a family group sculpture for the 1951 Festival of Britain that was organized to promote the arts, science and industry and to further encourage optimism after the war. Instead, he provided a Reclining Figure: Festival, and stated, “I think this is the first sculpture in which I succeeded in making form and space sculpturally inseparable.”

He is best known for revolutionizing 20th century sculpture with his highly abstracted, simplified forms and interpretive renditions of the human figure. Nature and natural objects inspired him, along with ancient art from around the globe. He was an inspiration and educator to many artists including his former studio assistants Anthony Caro and Richard Wentworth. At the time of his death in 1986, Moore was a formidable cultural presence whose work had become synonymous with 20th century modern sculpture.

Learning Goal

To use adjective to describe the sculpture Reclining Figure by Henry Moore.

I Can Statement

I can use adjective to describe the sculpture Reclining Figure by Henry Moore.


Adjective, noun, category, classify, evoke, abstract, realistic


  • Define adjectives: an adjective is a word that describes a noun.
  • Review nouns: nouns are people, places or things.
  • Give a few examples of adjectives and elicit a few more from the class.
  • Introduce/review and discuss the vocabulary.
  • Record the following elicited adjectives on index cards:
  1. texture (smooth, rough, soft or hard).
  2. shapes (triangles, circles, squares).
  3. colors (bright, dull, warm or cool).
  4. moods evoked by the sculpture (happy, sad, playful or none at all.).
  5. lines (straight, curvy or diagonal). 
  6. symmetry of the sculpture.
  7. motion or energy (direction, intensity, etc.).
  • Have the children classify the adjectives on the index cards into categories.


List adjectives describing the classroom.


Write five sentences describing a room in your house.    

Florida Standards

Florida Language Arts Standards Grades K-5

  • Vocabulary: VA.1.C.3.1 / VA.2.C.3.1 / VA.3.C.3.1 / VA.4.C.3.1
  • Use Accurate Vocabulary to Communicate Ideas about Art: 
  • VA.1.S.1.4 / VA.2.S.1.4 / VA.3.S.1.4 / VA.4.S.1.4 / VA.5.S.1.4
  • Adjectives: LAFS.K1.L.3.5 / LAFS.2.L.3.6 / LAFS.3.L.1.1 / LAFS.4.L.1.1
  • Nouns: LAFS.K.L.1.1 / LAFS.1.L.1.1 / LAFS.2.L.1.1 / LAFS.3.L.1.1 / LAFS.4.L.1.1

Florida Language Arts Standards Grades 6-8

  • Vocabulary: VA.68.C.3.1
  • Use Accurate Vocabulary to Communicate Ideas about Art: VA.68.S.1.4
  • Nouns: LAFS.68.L.1.1

Florida Language Arts Standards Grades 9-12

  • Use Accurate Vocabulary to Communicate Ideas about Art: VA.912.S.1
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