Henry Moore was one of the greatest 20th-century sculptors. After the Second World War, he became Britain’s best-known artist both at home and abroad. He was influenced by European Modernism and developed an abstract sculptural language, combining the human figure, particularly the female figure, with references to organic forms such as shells, pebbles and bones.
Conceived in 1936; Small Seated Figure was cast in 1957 in an edition of 7 plus 1 artist's proof by the Fiorini Foundry, London.
The imagery is similar in conception to many classical seated figures that Moore sculpted in the mid-1950s, however is important because it comes from a whole two decades earlier, showing the sculptors obsession with specific forms through his long career; the others being of the mother and child, the reclining figure, and the standing figure.
Joseph Herman Hirshhorn Collection, Washington, D.C. The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C. (acquisition no.86.3279, gifted from the estate of the above in 1987) Christie's, New York, March 29th, 1988, lot 211 Private Collection, Switzerland