Working Model for Divided Oval: Butterfly

Henry Moore was deeply interested in nature and organic forms, which lead to his pioneering work in abstraction. Although this sculpture is not a literal interpretation of a butterfly, it suggests the general contours, symmetry of wings, and the grace and beauty of their movements. This work is one of the many works from Moore’s mature career which was initially inspired by small bones that the artist discovered on his rural studio grounds. A pedestal-scale sculpture or “working model,” it served as the basis for the colossal-scale work of the same title in Berlin, Germany.

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Henry Moore. _Working Model for Divided Oval: Butterfly_, conceived 1967. Bronze, 23.5 x 38.63 x 25.25 inches. Gift of Fred and Lena Meijer and Peter C. and Pat Cook. © The Henry Moore Foundation.