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Maker(s):Moore, Henry Spencer
Culture:British (1898-1986)
Title:Stringed Figure
Date Made:designed 1938, cast 1960
Measurements:Overall: 9 3/4 in x 14 1/16 in x 12 in; 24.8 cm x 35.7 cm x 30.5 cm
Accession Number:  AC 1972.55
Credit Line:Gift of Bertram H. Bloch, Class of 1933
Museum Collection:  Mead Art Museum at Amherst College

Label Text:
Moore acknowledged the influence of the telescope and microscope on his curved, biomorphic forms. In the 1937 book Circle: International Survey of Constructive Art, he contributed the quotation, “I DISLIKE the idea that contemporary art is an escape from life. Because a work does not aim at reproducing the natural appearance it is not therefore an escape from life—it may be a penetrating into reality.” Moore’s writing appeared next to the essay “Art and the Scientist” by the famous x-ray crystallographer J. D. Bernal, which discussed the creative influence of modern scientific imagery on the arts.

VM, 2018

abstract; figures; lines; form; curves; anthropomorphic

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