Oval with Points, 1968
BRONZE, ED. 3/6
351.5 x 272 x 45.5 cm
Henry Moore, OM, CH, FBA
The British sculptor Henry Moore was one of the most influential public sculptors of the 20th century. He drew on studies of Classical, pre-Columbian and African art to create original and truly modern sculptural forms, usually in marble or cast bronze. Abstractions of organic shapes and the human body were his primary motifs. Many of his forms are abstractions of the human body; often pierced or containing hollow spaces.
“Oval with Points” is one of a number Moore’s sculptures featuring points. Here, they reach out to meet each other but do not touch, creating both drama and dynamic tension. Rather than appearing as signs of aggression, the points flow naturally from the organic and voluptuous exterior forms. Some viewers suggest that the unevenly weighted holes above and below the points are metaphoric references to the division between a human head and torso.
Hongkong Land acquired “Oval with Points” in 1974.