Henry Moore

English artist known for sculpture (1898–1986) / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Henry Spencer Moore OM CH FBA (30 July 1898 – 31 August 1986) was an English artist. He is best known for his semi-abstract monumental bronze sculptures which are located around the world as public works of art. Moore also produced many drawings, including a series depicting Londoners sheltering from the Blitz during the Second World War, along with other graphic works on paper.

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Henry Moore

Moore in 1975
Henry Spencer Moore

(1898-07-30)30 July 1898
Died31 August 1986(1986-08-31) (aged 88)
EducationLeeds School of Art
Royal College of Art
Known forSculpture, drawing, graphics, textiles
Notable workList of sculptures
MovementBronze Sculpture, Modernism
Irina Radetsky
(m. 1929)

His forms are usually abstractions of the human figure, typically depicting mother-and-child or reclining figures. Moore's works are usually suggestive of the female body, apart from a phase in the 1950s when he sculpted family groups. His forms are generally pierced or contain hollow spaces. Many interpreters liken the undulating form of his reclining figures to the landscape and hills of his Yorkshire birthplace.

Moore became well known through his carved marble and larger-scale abstract cast bronze sculptures, and was instrumental in introducing a particular form of modernism to the United Kingdom. His ability in later life to fulfil large-scale commissions made him exceptionally wealthy. Despite this, he lived frugally; most of the money he earned went towards endowing the Henry Moore Foundation, which continues to support education and promotion of the arts.

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