Modern and Contemporary Art
Woman with Clasped Hands
This sculpture belongs to a group of female torsos that Henry Moore created in 1929–1930, in which the influence of primitive art he had seen at the British Museum is evident. Characteristics of Mexican sculpture are discernible in the thickset body and the broad, schematic, mask-like face. The archetypal figure with clasped hands, as well as the combination of frontal body and head in profile, are drawn from Mesopotamian sculpture. The presence of designed hollows between the arms and the body is conspicuous, and it is such almost autonomous spaces that were to become the trademark of Moore's future sculptures.