- Henry Moore
- Family Group
- inscribed Moore and numbered 5/9
- height: 15cm.
- 5 7/8 in.
Thence by descent to the present owner
Ionel Jianou, Henry Moore, Paris, 1968, no. 224, the terracotta catalogued p. 74
David Mitchinson (ed.), Henry Moore, London, 1981, no. 177, another cast illustrated in colour p. 94 (as dating from 1944 and from an edition of 8)
John Hedgecoe, Henry Moore. A Monumental Vision, Cologne, 2005, no. 238, another cast illustrated p. 211
This work is recorded in the archives of the Henry Moore Foundation under no. LH 237.
Discussing this important series in the context of the artist’s œuvre, Will Grohmann wrote: ‘With the Family Group theme Moore regained his freedom since the commissions received were less restricting. He started working on these groups at about the same time as the Madonna. In the years 1944 to 1947 he produced a number of larger and smaller variations in stone, bronze and terracotta, differing considerably from one another, being both naturalistic and non-naturalistic, though never as abstract as the Reclining Figures. The theme does not hem him in, but demands a certain readiness to enter into the meaning of a community such as a family’ (W. Grohmann, The Art of Henry Moore, London, 1960, p. 141).