Art Term

Maquette

A maquette is model for a larger piece of sculpture, created in order to visualise how it might look and to work out approaches and materials for how it might be made

Hubert Dalwood, ‘Maquette for ‘Arbor’’ 1971
Hubert Dalwood
Maquette for ‘Arbor’ 1971
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© The estate of Hubert Dalwood

Maquettes are often fascinating works in their own right, conveying the immediacy of the artist’s first realisation of an idea.

selected artworks in the collection