Work by one of Yorkshire's greatest artists is on display outside Harewood House.
The Large Reclining Figure has been installed in front of the stately home as part of an exhibition of the work of Henry Moore (1898-1986).
Harewood's display examines Moore's work from the Arts Council Collection. It comprises of 13 works on paper and eleven sculptures - almost the entire Arts Council England's collection of the artist's work.
Moore is a key figure for the Arts Council Collection. He was an important advisor to the acquisitions committee during the early 1950s, shaping the sculpture collection by advocating the acquisition of a significant group of post-war British sculpture by artists including Kenneth Armitage, Lynn Chadwick and Barbara Hepworth.
Lord Harewood said: "My father and Henry Moore knew each other quite well. There was the Yorkshire connection of course and a mutual admiration for the great sculptor Jacob Epstein, whose masterpiece Adam stands in the entrance hall. It is a particular pleasure to be showing his Large Reclining Figure this summer, right outside the house, at a time when it can be seen not only by our regular visitors, but also by the thousands who will come to watch the Tour de France pass by on July 5 and by the many millions who will be watching on TV. What a great opportunity to show the world the work of one of Yorkshire’s greatest artists in one of the county’s most beautiful historic settings."
Jill Constantine, Acting Head of the Arts Council Collection, said: "We are delighted to have this opportunity to display our entire collection of works by Henry Moore in the unique setting of Harewood House. Managed by the Southbank Centre, London, the Arts Council Collection is one of the largest national loan collections of modern and contemporary British art. Henry Moore, one of this country's most important post war artists, acted as an advisor to our acquisitions committee in the early 1950s. This is a wonderful way for visitors to see the work of an artist who not only was very important to the Arts Council Collection but, also to see this work in the county of his birth."
The works on display present a succinct history of Henry Moore’s practice between 1927 and 1962; key creative departure points and themes can be explored in both two and three dimensions. Many of the works trace Moore’s investigation of human and organic forms towards a point of abstraction. Elsewhere, Moore’s contribution to the realm of public sculpture can be seen in various models for larger outdoor commissions.
Further details are available at www.harewood.org or on 0113 218 1000
Admission cost £10 per adult or £30 for a family to access the Terrace Gallery and grounds, or is free for members
Henry Spencer Moore was born on July 30, 1898, in Castleford, Yorkshire. Despite an early desire to become a sculptor, Moore began his career as a teacher in Castleford. After military service in World War I he attended Leeds School of Art on an ex-serviceman's grant. In 1921 he won a Royal Exhibition Scholarship to study sculpture at the Royal Academy of Art in London