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Stringed Figure No. 1, (1937)

Henry Moore, British, b. Castleford, England, 1898–1986

Cherry wood and string, on oak base, 22 3/8 x 5 3/8 x 6 5/8 in. (56.6 x 13.5 x 16.8 cm) artist's base: 2 3/8 x 5 3/8 x 6 1/8 in. (6.0 x 13.5 x 15.5 cm)

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Joseph H. Hirshhorn Purchase Fund, 1989

Accession Number: 89.28

Provenance:
The Artist
Irina Moore (gift from the Artist), by 1944-27 October 1987
Moore-Danowski Trust, 27 October 1987-November 1989
New Art Centre, London (agent for Moore-Danowski Trust), November 1989
Joseph H. Hirshhorn Purchase Fund, 1989

Exhibition History:
MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, New York. "Henry Moore: Retrospective Exhibition," 1946, no. 39. TOUR: ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO; SAN FRANCISCO MUSEUM OF MODERN ART.
BRITISH PAVILION, 24th Biennale, Venice. "Sculpture and Drawings by Henry Moore," 1948, cat. (See ill. in Fine Art News, October 1986.)
CITY ART GALLERY, Wakefield. "Henry Moore: Sculpture and Drawings 1923 to 1948," 1949, no. 40. TOUR: CITY ART GALLERY, Manchester; see below for succeeding tour organized by the British Council.
BRITISH COUNCIL TOURING EXHIBITION. "Henry Moore," 1949-50, no. 32/33. TOUR: PALAIS DES BEAUX-ARTS, Brussels; MUSEE NATIONAL D'ART MODERNE, Paris; STEDELIJK MUSEUM, Amsterdam; KUNSTHALLE, Hamburg; STADTISCHEN KUNSTSAMMLUNGEN, Dusseldorf; KUNSTHALLE, Bern; ZAPPEION GALLERY, Athens.
TATE GALLERY, London. "Sculpture and Drawings by Henry Moore," (Arts Council of Great Britain exhibition for the Festival of Britain), 2 May-29 July 1951, no. 125.
NATIONAL GALLERY OF SOUTH AFRICA, Cape Town. "The Meaning of Sculpture," (British Council exhibition), 1952, no. 12, pl. 6.
BRITISH COUNCIL EXHIBITION. "Henry Moore," 1955, no. 7. TOUR: KUNSTHALLE, Basel; TOMISLAVA PAVILION, Zagreb; KALEMEGDAN PAVILION [MILITARY MUSEUM], Belgrade; MODERNA GALERIJA, Ljubjana; DAUD PASH HAMAKI, Skopje.
RIJKSMUSEUM KROLLER-MULLER, Otterlo. "Henry Moore," 4 May-7 August 1968, no. 44. TOUR: STADTISCHE KUNSTHALLE, Dusseldorf; BOYMANS-VAN BEUNINGEN MUSEUM, Rotterdam; STAATLICHE KUNSTHALLE, Baden-Baden; KUNSTHALLE, Bielefeld; MATHILDENHOHE, Darmstadt; STADTISCHE KUNSTAMMLUNGEN, Nurnberg.
FORTE DE BELVEDERE, Florence [organized with the British Council]. "Mostra di Henry Moore," 20 May-20 September 1972, no. 33.
ORANGERIE DES TUILERIES, Paris. "Henry Moore: Sculptures et Dessins," 7 May-29 August 1977, no. 27.
CITY ART GALLERIES, Leeds. "Henry Moore: Early Carvings 1920-1940," 1982-1983, no. 35.
METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART, New York. "Henry Moore: 60 Years of His Art," 24 May-25 September 1983.
ROYAL ACADEMY OF ARTS, London. "Henry Moore," 16 September-11 December 1988, no. 32, pp. 185-186, ill.
HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. "Recent Acquisitions: 1989-1991," 8 October 1991-5 January 1992, unpublished checklist, no. 42.
HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. "Collection in Context: Henry Moore's Stringed Figure No. 1," 4 June-7 September 1998.
DALLAS MUSEUM OF ART. "Henry Moore: Sculpting the 20th Century," 25 February-27 May 2001, no. 35, p. 309, colorpl. p. 130. TOUR: CALIFORNIA PALACE OF THE LEGION OF HONOR, San Francisco, 25 June-16 September; NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART, Washington, DC, 21 October-27 January 2002.
TATE BRITAIN, London. "Henry Moore," 24 February-5 August 2010. TOUR: ART GALLERY OF ONTARIO, Toronto, 23 October-6 February 2011.
HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. "Over, Under, Next: Experiments in Mixed Media, 1913-Present," 18 April-8 September 2013, no cat.
HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. "Marvelous Objects: Surrealist Sculpture from Paris to New York," 29 October 2015-15 February 2016, fig. 70, color ill. p. 71; p. 186.

Published References:
READ, HERBERT. Henry Moore: Sculpture and Drawings 1921-1944 (New York: Curt Valentin, 1944), no. 90b, ill.
READ, HERBERT, and SYLVESTER, DAVID, ed. Henry Moore, Volume One: Sculpture and Drawings 1921-1948 (London: Percy Lund, Humphries, 1944, and revised editions--London: Lund, Humphries, and New York: George Wittenborn, 1948; 4th rev. ed. 1957, reprt. 1968; 5th rev. ed. 1987; 6th rev. ed. in progress), no. 183, ill. p. 128.
HEDGECOE, JOHN, and MOORE, HENRY. Henry Spencer Moore (New York: Simon and Schuster, 1968), pl. 109, no. 1.
MELVILLE, ROBERT. Henry Moore: Sculpture and Drawings, 1921-1969 (London: Thames and Hudson, 1970), pl. 164.
LIEBERMAN, WILLIAM. Henry Moore: 60 Years of His Art (New York: Thames and Hudson and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1983), pp. 44-45, ill.
MOORE, HENRY, and LEVINE, GEMMA. Henry Moore: Wood Sculpture (New York: Universe Books, 1983), no. 32, ill. p. 103.
NASH, STEVEN, and MERKERT, JORN. Naum Gabo: Sixty Years of Constructivism (Munich: Prestel Verlag and Dallas Museum of Art, 1985), fig. 41.
UNSIGNED. "La Chronique des Art: Principales Acquisitions des Musees en 1989," Gazette des Beaux-Arts, no. 1454 (March 1990), no. 312, ill. p. 62.
SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION, Calendar: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (Winter/Spring 1990), ill.
WILSON, JANET. "Heavenly Hodgepodge," Washington Post (25 October 1991), Style section, pp. B1, B8.
BURCHARD, HANK. "New on Hand At Hirshhorn," Washington Post (15 November 1991), weekend section, p. 59.
UNSIGNED. "James T. Demetrion: A Broad-ranging Eye," Art News 7.94 (September 1995), p. 77.
MCALLISTER, JANE, ed. Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden: 150 Works of Art (Washington, DC: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in association with Harry N. Abrams, 1996), ill.
GIBSON, ERIC. "The Gallery: Moore and Moore," Wall Street Journal (1 September 1998), ill. p. A16.
MAY, STEPHEN. "Henry Moore," Antiques and The Arts Weekly (11 January 2002), ill. p. 68.

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Collection, British Modernist Sculpture