New York


Maquette for Reclining Figure: Cloak 1966 (LH 564)


height 12cm

. . . I have an idea, or an idea comes to me, and then I find the material to make it in, and to do that, the ideas that I may be concerned with, I’ll produce several maquettes – sketches in plaster – not much bigger than one’s hand, certainly small enough to hold in one’s hand, so that you can turn them around as you shape them and work on them without having to get up and walk around them, and you have a complete grasp of their shape from all around the whole time. If the form, the idea, that you’re doing is much bigger than that, then to see what it’s like on the other side, you have to get up, walk around it, and this restricts your imagining and grasping what it’s like as you can when it’s small. But all the time that I am doing this small model, in my mind it isn’t the small model that I’m doing, it’s the big sculpture that I intend to do. It’s as though one were drawing in a little sketchbook a tiny little sketch for a monument, or a tiny little drawing might be on the back of an envelope, but in your mind would be the equestrian statue that is over life-size. In the same way, these little plaster maquettes that I make, to me, are all big sculptures.

Henry Moore quoted in Warren Forma, Five British Sculptors: Work and Talk, Grossman, New York November 1960