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Sculptors use of photomontage

During my research for Sculptor’s use of drawing I came across the implication that Henry Moore used the idea. This is implied, and to a degree shown, in this article:

“In 1937 and again in 1938 Moore famously photographed maquettes for two Reclining Figure sculptures very close to the lens, so as to make each diminutive object look enormous against the distant landscape … it is perhaps more likely that these photographs are not so much tests as they are declarations of triumph: they are demonstrations of his sense of the monumental. Rather like physically lifting objects from the ground and holding them close to himself, here Moore brings the maquette so close to the lens (and therefore the viewer) that its monumental scale is confirmed.” Rachel Wells, ‘Scale at Any Size: Henry Moore and Scaling Up’, in Henry Moore: Sculptural Process and Public Identity, Tate Research Publication, 2015,, accessed 05 October 2017.

When researching photomontage I had expected to found it used in this way in conjunction with early drawings of the sculpture. I’d also expected it to be used in Archeological reconstruction, but didn’t find any such evidence. It is clear that the idea is used by Architects, however, so this in conjunction with the Henry Moore example suggests there is scope here. It is possible, however, that it would be technically demanding and to produce accurately (a la Architecture). It could fit, however, into client presentation and to use it in this way without being accurate might draw later criticism.

Possibly a fruitful idea for later research and experimentation.


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