Catalogue entry

T02303 WORKING MODEL FOR THREE PIECE NO.3: VERTEBRAE 1968

Inscribed ‘Moore 0/8’ and ‘H. NOACK BERLIN’ on base
Bronze, 37 × 93 × 48 including base (94 × 236.3 × 122)
Presented by the artist 1978
Exh: Henry Moore, Tate Gallery, July–September 1968 (142); Henry Moore Bronzes 1961–1970, Marlborough Gallery, New York, April–May 1970 (31, repr. in colour); Henry Moore 1961–1971, Staatsgalerie Moderner Kunst, Munich, October–November 1971 (24, repr.); Henry Moore-Fem Decennier Skulptur, teckning, grafik 1923–1975, Henie-Onstand Kunstsenter, Oslo, June–July 1975 and tour to Stockholm and Ålborg (77, repr.); Henry Moore, Expo Zürich, Zürcher Forum, Zurich, June–August 1976 (88); Henry Moore 80th Birthday Exhibition, Bradford Art Galleries and Museums, April–June 1978 (14, repr.); The Henry Moore Gift, Tate Gallery, June–August 1978, repr. p.62
Lit: David Sylvester in catalogue of Henry Moore, Tate Gallery, 1968, p.141 (sketch-model repr. pl.140); Alan G. Wilkinson, The Moore Collection in the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, 1979, p.202 (another cast repr. pl.180)
Repr: Alan Bowness (ed.), Henry Moore Sculpture 1964–73, 1977, pls.88–91

L.H.579. There are nine bronze casts including the artist's, now the Tate's; another is in the Moore Collection, Art Gallery of Ontario.

The sculpture was based on a hand-size maquette (L.H.578) and was itself enlarged to make a work over twenty-four feet long (L.H.580), of which there are three casts, in Seattle, Jerusalem and Düsseldorf. This large version can be arranged with the three pieces placed well apart from one another, in a roughly triangular format, so that the intervening spaces can be ‘inhabited’ or walked through. The ‘Working Model’, however, does not possess this environmental dimension.

Moore told the compiler (12 December 1980) that each form resembled the joins between vertebrae. What interested him was the idea of a series or progression of similar forms. The note on T02289 above contains a more detailed explanation by Moore of this idea and its implication for multi-part sculpture in general.

Published in:
The Tate Gallery 1978-80: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions, London 1981