- Henry Moore
- Figure on Steps: Working Model for Draped Seated Woman
- Length: 28 1/2 in.
- 72.5 cm
M. Knoedler & Co., New York
Acquired from the above in June 1961
Alan Bowness (ed.), Henry Moore, Sculpture and Drawings, 1955-1964, London, 1965, vol. 3, no. 427, illustration of another cast p. 34
Ionel Jianou, Henry Moore, Paris, 1968, no. 399, edition catalogued p. 81
Robert Melville, Henry Moore, Sculpture and Drawings 1921-1969, London, 1970, figs. 516 & 517, illustrations of another cast
Allen Bowness, Henry Moore Complete Sculpture 1955-64, London, 1985, vol. 3, no. 427, illustrations of other casts p. 34 & pl. 57
David Mitchinson (ed.), Celebrating Moore, London, 1998, illustration in color of the plaster p. 253
Discussing Working Model for Draped Seated Woman: Figure on Steps, Julie Summers wrote: "This particular work is significant in that it bridges the gap between the draped figures of two or three years earlier, which had resulted directly from Moore's first visit to Greece in 1951, and the later figures set against architectural backgrounds. The use of steps gave him the possibility to explore placing a figure on an architectural feature without wholly obscuring the background. In the final monumental version of this sculpture the steps have been quite dramatically reduced to give the figure prominence" (Julie Summers in David Mitchinson ed., op. cit., pp. 253-254). In the present version however, it is the combination of the rhythmic lines of the woman's dress and the cascading pattern of the steps that makes this a wonderfully dynamic work.
The present bronze was cast in an edition of 9, plus one artist's proof from the original plaster at the Fiorini Foundry in London. Other casts of this work are in public collections including the Aberdeen Art Gallery and Milwaukee Art Center.