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Henry Moore-Sculpture-Art

Updated on April 8, 2014

Henry Moore 1898-1986

The vital talents of Henry Moore will not be forgotten. Modern art sculpture, sculptures of women often.. small heads with large bodies. I first came across his work through an adult ed sculpture class. It was there that I learned how to sculpt with clay and how to apply a patina on a bisque fired piece of clay to resemble bronze, or any other metal. One can also create a marble or stone effect.. all by using many layers of watered down acrylic paint.

I've heard tale that Henry Moore's figurative sculptures had small heads and large shoulders because when he was a little boy, he had to massage his mothers shoulders a lot, after a hard day of work.

Henry Moore was the most celebrated sculptor of his time, and the second part of his career, in particular, demonstrated that Modernist sculpture was, after all, surprisingly adaptable to official needs. In this sense, Moore was the contemporary equivalent of the great Neo Classical sculptors such as Canova and Thorwaldsen.

Be sure to check out The Henry Moore Foundation:

To advance the education of the public by the promotion of their appreciation of the fine arts and in particular the works of Henry Moore.

www.henry-moore-fdn.co.uk/

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Henry Moore Quotes

A sculptor is a person who is interested in the shape of things, a poet in words, a musician by sounds.

Henry Moore

Discipline in art is a fundamental struggle to understand oneself, as much as to understand what one is drawing.

Henry Moore

I think in terms of the day's resolutions, not the years'.

Henry Moore

It is a mistake for a sculptor or a painter to speak or write very often about his job. It releases tension needed for his work.

Henry Moore

Seeing that picture, for me, was like Chartres Cathedral.

Henry Moore

The creative habit is like a drug. The particular obsession changes, but the excitement, the thrill of your creation lasts.

Henry Moore

The secret of life is to have a task, something you devote your entire life to, something you bring everything to, every minute of the day for the rest of your life. And the most important thing is, it must be something you cannot possibly do.

Henry Moore

To know one thing, you must know the opposite.

Henry Moore

TURN ON SOME MUSIC

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TURN ON SOME MUSIC...

as you enjoy learning about Henry Moore.

and as you listen, imagine yourself sculpting or at least being in the presence of a sculptor like Henry Moore.

Fill your heart with beauty!

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Reward offered for stolen sculpture: FOUND

Henry Moore's 'Reclining Figure' 1969-70 (LH608)

photo: The Henry Moore Foundation

The Henry Moore Foundation, at Perry Green, Hertfordshire, has suffered the loss of a large bronze sculpture by Henry Moore. Reclining Figure 1969-70 (catalogue ID: LH 608) was stolen at 22.13 on Thursday 15 December

Henry Moore's 'Reclining Figure' 1969-70-Stolen Sculpture

Henry Moore's 'Reclining Figure' 1969-70-Stolen Sculpture
Henry Moore's 'Reclining Figure' 1969-70-Stolen Sculpture

More musical inspiration

Pavarotti - Torna a Surriento - DeCurtis

The Essential Pavarotti (DVD) Royal Gala Concert - Royal Albert Hall Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor Kurt Herbert Adler Recorded in April 13th 1982

A sculpture HOW TO

by Kathy Ostman-Magnusen

The art of doing sculpture in clay .. yes indeed here I do indeed present:

Here are 6 Tips For Creating Sculpture in Clay

And let me tell you...

You are just going to adore sculpting! It even helps you w/painting. I think... it makes your eye keener.

#1)

First off, buy a bag terra cotta or med grog 'high fire' clay

Note, just so ya know...

I have never met one person who has not amazed their own selves with their first sculpture. Best thing as a beginner? Do a 'self portrait' .. get some mirrors set up to see yourself in prime time! YOU will be your most patient model.

Regarding sculpting?

#2)

A tip is, keep in mind that you are doing 3-D.. this seems to be the biggest hurdle for painters.... to not make their work flat.. you are sculpting, forming, not drawing.

#3)

You will also need just a few tools. My fav is a manicure tool used to push back cuticles... lol You also need a needle, cutting wire and a tool to scoop out clay.

Or, you can get one of those packaged kits.

#4)

You also need a formica bat: a round piece of wood with formica on it, or a piece of formica from old countertop.

and

#5)

Black trash bag, and a spray bottle.

That should be it I think.

To start:

#6)

Put your formica bat (that I mentioned you need in another email)on the floor, then drop your unwrapped bag of clay onto it. This will create a connection between clay and bat. Then.. just start pushing and shoving.. looking at your model more than you do your clay. There is a great UTube of a guy sculpting faces... well.. there are a lot of them.. so hunt those down and watch some before starting to give you some insight.

This is a good one:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rzBs3PM2W_4&feature...

Don't use the post w/paper though... it dries it out and you don't want that pressure for your first one. You are going to be hollowing this out with your tool after you are done.

Why the plastic trash bags?

When you are done for the day, spray your clay with water and the formica bat.. then press the plastic trash bag onto the formica.. to create a seal, so that it does not dry out in-between sessions. Remember too that while you are sculpting spray your work with water

but not too much at once..

you don't want the grog (sand) coming to the surface.

OK let me tell you...YOU ARE GOING TO LOVE THIS! You will find yourself looking at peoples faces as they talk and almost not hearing them because you are looking at the form of their nose or whatever.

ohh one last thing?

#6)

PLAY!

There are no mistakes!

Smash and push and grab!

The image is of my sculpture, "Bleeding Wings 5"

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Reclining Figure by Henry Moore

Reclining Figure by Henry Moore
Reclining Figure by Henry Moore

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      Sinara 2 years ago

      hey klaas,cool sculpture! i love the lihtnigg set up, now i want to make one, they would all be paddo's of different shapes and sizes. Anyhow, its also cool to see some lifedrawings from you, keep it up! Finally, i was at this little farm today and drew some turkey's which made me think of you, i have an idea for a little turkey piece inspired by you so we'll see if that ever comes into fruition, if it does you'll be the first to know. Hope to see new posts soon,Dylan,Oh also, Niall is my brothers name spelled the same way, weird.

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      EMangl 5 years ago

      at least once a week i get reminded about him, when passing this place

      http://www.pbase.com/erichmangl/image/134048158

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      westlandplacestudios 5 years ago

      Love Moore's bronzes. Thanks for sharing. Westland Place Studios

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      goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

      squidangel blessings for tribute lens to henry moore.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I had not heard of Henry Moore. He certainly has some beautiful sculptures. Awesome art!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Lovely sculptures!

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      flycatcherrr 5 years ago

      I like the solidity of Henry Moore's sculptures... irresistible, the urge to lay your hands on them to trace the curves.

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      goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

      another sculptor at his best. i wonder if the stolen sculpture will be found.

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      goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

      another sculptor at his best. i wonder if the stolen sculpture will be found.

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      cdevries 5 years ago

      I lovely Lens - I especially like the how-to section on clay sculpting. You're right, it does sharpen your eye and is good training for other design work. Squid Angel blessed.

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      Michelle Collins 6 years ago from Florida

      Just wanted to let you know I have featured your lens on my Memorial Day blessing lens here: https://hubpages.com/art/cool-sculptures

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      TriviaChamp 9 years ago

      Thanks Kathy for the introduction to Henry Moore. I had never heard of him before coming to your lens. Nice job.

      ~Jane