To further add to its collection of material related to its historic properties, Historic New England
is acquiring a bronze reclining figure by sculptor and artist Henry Moore (1898-1986) that was a gift from Moore to Walter and Ise Gropius and, during their lifetime, was displayed on a shelf in the living room of Gropius House in Lincoln, Massachusetts.
Moore, one of the most celebrated sculptors of his time, visited the Gropiuses at their home in 1946, signed the guest book, and presented them with the small sculpture, one of seven cast in 1945. The reclining figure was a frequent motif in Moores work and the one he gave to the Gropiuses is among a number of designs apparently inspired by his sketches of crowded fallout shelters in the London underground during the war. Another of Moores artworks in the house includes one of the 1941 sketches from the underground shelter series. It is in the master bedroom.
The Moore sculpture joins other works of art given to the Gropiuses by artist friends that are on display throughout the house. Built in 1938 by Walter Gropius, founder of the German design school known as the Bauhaus, the Gropius House, a National Historic Landmark, is open for tours year round.
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