Description: We offer a rare bronze sculpture by Henry Moore. Maquette for Large Torso: Arch is 4 ½” high, 3 ¼” wide and 2 ¾” deep, signed “Moore” and editioned 6/9 on the rim on the bonze base. It was cast in 1962 from a carved plaster form.
The Henry Moore Foundation provides us with the catalogue number LH 503a. This diminutive bronze evokes the human skeleton, a bone fragment, a hip socket. It’s biomorphic shape is so naturalistic it seems unlikely to be man-made, yet the patinated bronze finish with detailed evidence of direct carving in the plaster and the subtle contrapasto arrangement of the "legs" reveal the telltale signs of Moore’s expert sensibility. Item #FA00139.
Moore was keenly tuned to his artistic process and the need to start small. He said: ‘I need to know it from on top and from underneath as well as from all sides. And so I prefer to work out my ideas in the form of small maquettes which I can hold in my hand and look at from every point of view.’ Large Torso: Arch was realized at full size in bronze in the late 1960’s, a later version was made for Kensington Gardens in travertine marble. Included with the sale of this piece is a press photograph of Moore at the 1980 unveiling of the Arch at Kensington Gardens with the Environmental Secretary Michael Heseltine.
Provenance: Descended in the family of Ruth Rodel-Nubert, owner of Studio R in Mannheim, Germany. Included with the sale of this piece is a copy of the gallery's circular touting the exhibit/sale of Moore's works.
Henry Moore (1898-1986) was born at Castleford, Yorkshire to a large family. He served in the army from 1917–19, the youngest man in the Prince of Wales's Own Civil Service Rifles regiment. In 1919 he became a student at the Leeds School of Art and then in 1921, won a scholarship to study at the Royal College of Art in London. Moore is best known for his monumental, semi abstract public sculptures. His work is has also been the subject of many exhibitions at institutions including the Tate Gallery, the Met, Kew Botanical Gardens, the Kunsthal, the Kremlin Museum, and the National Gallery of Art.
Condition: Fine Condition.