With base: 88.9 x 55.9 x 88.9 cm (35 x 22 x 35 in.)
Anonymous Gift 1970.112
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Considered by many to be the 20th century's greatest figurative sculptor, Henry Moore was also the creator of remarkable abstract works. Three-Way Piece No. 2: Archer does not literally depict an archer; rather it evokes the qualities of vigor, strength, and conflict associated with warriors or hunters. The "three ways" of the title may refer to the three main elements of the work. First, a large sweeping curved form suggests a bent bow pulling in one direction. Second, a curved vertical section represents the torso of an archer, which joins the base and leans backward. Finally, a horizontal section protruding from one side is reminiscent of an arm connecting the archer's torso to the bow. Using these abstract elements, Moore created a sculpture that may remind us of ancient images of hunters—from those drawn on cave walls to classical Greek warriors. Three-Way Piece No. 2: Archer captures the energy of the hunt in a thoroughly modern way.
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