Working Model for Oval with Points 1968-69 (LH 595)


height 111.8cm

photo: John Farnham

Oval with Points is one of a number of sculptures featuring points that almost touch, creating a palpable sense of tension and drama . . . A small stone in Moore’s maquette studio showing two points touching at the centre of a hollowed-out oval is likely to have been a later inspiration. Moore himself cited various sources as influences for his interest in pointed forms, ranging from spark plugs to the School of Fontainebleau portrait of Gabrielle d’Estrée and her sister and Michelangelo’s God Creating Adam on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.

In Oval with Points, the points strain towards each other but fail to meet, giving a dynamic tenseness to the voluptuous forms of the exterior of the work. There is no suggestion of aggression; the points appear to grow out of the exterior form towards the interior in flowing, organic movement. It has been noted that the unevenly weighted holes above and below the points seem to suggest the division between head and torso.