"I want to understand and realize more completely what form and shape are about, and to react to form in life, in the human figure, and in past sculpture."--Henry Moore
The work of British sculptor Henry Moore is distinctive for its unique way of combining form and subject matter. Reclining Mother and Child incorporates two themes that occur frequently in his work--mother and child and the reclining figure. This abstract sculpture represents the mother enclosing the child in a protective embrace. A solid contour surrounding a hollow area suggests the torso of the reclining woman. Moore often borrowed forms and rhythms from natural objects such as bones and rocks, and the rounded contours of the mother's figure are reminiscent of a pelvic bone. The head of the stocky child also resembles a section of bone. Although Moore's sculptures are abstract, they suggest the human figure and convey a deep sense of feeling.