1. Working Model for Draped Reclining Figure 1976-79 (LH
705) when sited in the gallery courtyard ca1988. Bronze
edition of 9 (cast #2) length 99cm. Purchased
by Kyle and Carrick District Council with financial assistance from the
Local Museum Purchase Fund, the Scottish Arts Council, Ayr Arts Guild
and local subscription.
Moore’s first exploration of the possibilities of drapery in connection
with figurative sculpture took place in the early 1950s, when the demands
of a specific commission combined with his free use of plaster in preparation
for the casting of the work in bronze culminated in Draped Reclining Figure
1952–53 (LH 336).
This successfully added the contours of natural forms as well as
a distinct hint of classicism to the repose of his figures, yet preserved
that sense of immutability conveyed by the Mexican Chacmool figures that
had so profoundly influenced the younger artist.
the end of his life, the travertine Draped Reclining Figure 1978 (LH 706)
can be seen as a reworking of the 1950s piece in which all the characteristic
features of the original are still evident: the upright neck and head supported
on powerful elbows, the repetition of this shape in the draped and elevated
knees, the pronounced adherence of the sculpture to its base, even the
woman’s distant gaze.
In this working model (LH505), we can see how the
figure’s poise and Moore’s apparently ad hoc scorings to represent the
drapery in marble were clearly planned before carving began, showing his
intention to create a satisfying – yet logical – pendant to the earlier
Works by Henry Moore may be found in the collections at Aberdeen, Ayr,
Edinburgh and Glenkiln, Dumfriesshire. The other cast of this work
is located at the Civic Centre in Castleford, Moore's home town.