This beautiful bronze sculpture titled “Mother and Child: Block Seat” is located in Luxembourg city, at the Place des Martyrs, opposite the Grand building of the State Savings Bank. It represents a mother and her child and was created in 1983 by British sculptor Henry Moore.
Moore regarded the subject of the mother and child as a ‘fundamental obsession’. Despite the monumental quality of the sculpture there is a tenderness in the curve of the mother’s body and arm.
This idea of a protective outer form sheltering a more vulnerable element is explored in Moore’s numerous sculptures and drawings of the internal-external form. This work is also an example of Moore’s experiments with seats, plinths and the walls as an integral part of the sculpture.
Henry Spencer Moore (1898-1986) was one of the most important British artists of the twentieth century and arguably the most internationally celebrated sculptor of the period. He is renowned for his semi-abstract monumental bronzes, which can be seen all over the world. He was the first British artist to become a global star in his own lifetime. His work came to symbolise post-war modernism and can be said to have caused a British sculptural renaissance.