(Very) broadly inspired by the legend of Pygmalion and Galatea (the original myth which also inspired Shaw’s play – which in turn was adapted as the musical “My Fair Lady”).
In the myth, Pygmalion was a sculptor who fell in love with his creation. The goddess Aphrodite took pity on him, and brought the statue to life.
These poses are more in the classical / Renaissance style.
But the subject matter – a character liberated from the constraints of her ivory* form – demanded the sense of motion.
* According to the myth. But it must have been a huge elephant.
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