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RECLINING FIGURE: HOLES, 1975

  • by Henry Moore

            Regular price £0.00 £18,500.00

            Details
            • - Length: 29.7cm / 11.69in
            • - Height: 16cm / 6.29in
            • - Width: 13.9cm / 5.47in
            • - Made in UK
            • - Dimensions include plinth
              Style Notes

              Maquette, in manner of Henry Moore, made from plaster, raised on wooden plinth.

              After the second world war Henry Moore no longer made preparatory drawings for sculptures, although he still experimented with three-dimensional ideas within his drawing and would sit down and sketch from his sculptures themselves. Instead, Moore worked directly with plaster and terracotta to produce maquettes of around fifteen - twenty-five centimetres long or high, using small scalpels, metal spoons, cheese graters, and other items he had conveniently to hand. In this way he could work on the whole form at once, producing maquettes like this one with no front or back, easily read from either side.

              Hundreds of maquettes like this stood in his studio, each one taking between twenty minutes and three days to complete. If the maquettes were kept underneath a damp cloth so they didn’t dry out, he could work on several at a time to develop an idea or experiment with different forms. He imagined them as though they were a fully-realized large bronze or stone sculpture, so that he could visualise how the piece would look on a huge scale. Not all maquettes were finished or cast, but once Moore was satisfied with a plaster, it would be cast in bronze for him to continue working from. The plaster maquettes were sent to a bronze foundry where the ‘lost wax’ method of casting was used. A rubber mould was made around the plaster, removed, and filled with wax leaving a perfect wax version of the maquette. The wax was then surrounded with a further mould of plaster and melted out to be replaced by molten bronze.

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