Henry Moore OM, CHMaquette for Figure on Steps 1956

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Artist
Henry Moore OM, CH (1898‑1986)
Title
Maquette for Figure on Steps
Date 1956
MediumBronze
Dimensionsobject: 167 x 182 x 163 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Bequeathed by Elly Kahnweiler 1991 to form part of the gift of Gustav and Elly Kahnweiler, accessioned 1994
Reference
T06828
On display at Tate Britain
Theme: BP Spotlights
Room: Henry Moore

Summary

Stylistically related to Tate’s Draped Reclining Woman, 1957-8 (T06825), Maquette for Figure on Steps is a model for the large bronze sculpture Draped Seated Woman, 1957-8 and was cast in an edition of ten. It depicts a majestic figure in repose covered in classicising drapery, which lends it an air of timelessness. Moore’s interest in drapery as a sculptural element dates back to the Second World War when, as an official ‘war artist’, he made drawings of people huddled in the bomb shelters that had been improvised in London’s Underground tunnels. His first visit to Greece in 1951, where he saw classical studies of draped figures, strengthened this interest and, as a result, he made a number of figures wearing draped clothing throughout the 1950s… (read more)

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