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On the 100th anniversary of Henry Moore's birth, Anthony Barnett asks what the sculptor's reclining figures meant

When the Labour government came to power in May 1997 it launched a cultural offensive. A new Britain was to be projected on to the world. Some of us were reminded of the way Harold Wilson’s government caught the winds of swinging London in the mid-1960s and used them to blow out its empty sails. But as Wilson bandwagoned trendiness, he cold shouldered a British artist who was this country’s (and perhaps the world’s) most successful sculptor of the time, Henry Moore. This seems especially surprising, as Moore came from a classic Labour background-the seventh child of a Yorkshire miner-and…

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