King and Queen
Henry Moore (English, 1898-1986)
On View

Henry Moore is widely considered to be the greatest sculptor of the twentieth century. He entered art school at the end of his service in World War I, and was keenly sensitive to the influence of modern and ancient sculptural traditions, especially the figures of Pre-Columbian Mexico. His mature style emerged during the 1930s while he was a young member of the Surrealist circle in England. In the years following World War II he gained an international reputation with his monumental outdoor figurative works. Although not massive in scale, King and Queen nonetheless conveys an effortless monumentality, and typifies Moore's preference for highly simplified biomorphic shapes. His two barefoot figures rest on a bench for a throne, their noble forms free of all extraneous detail save their crowns.


  • Artist Name: Henry Moore (English, 1898-1986)
  • Title: King and Queen
  • Date: 1952-53
  • Medium: Bronze
  • Edition: Edition of 5 + 2
  • Dimensions: 64-1/2 x 56 x 35 in. (163.8 x 142.2 x 88.9 cm)
  • Credit Line: Norton Simon Art Foundation
  • Accession Number: M.1976.03.S
  • Copyright: © The Henry Moore Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Object Information

Henry Moore; Sculpture 1950-1960

  • London, Whitechapel Art Gallery, 1960-11 to 1960-12

Henry Moore

  • Tate Gallery, 1968-07-17 to 1968-09-22

Henry Moore

  • Otterlo, Rijksmuseum Kroller-Muller, 1968 to
  • Rotterdam, Museum Boymans-van Beunigen, 1968 to

Henry Moore

  • Florence, Forte de Belvedere, 1972-05-20 to 1972-09-30
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  • Masterpieces from the Norton Simon Museum, 1989, p. 5
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