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Henry Moore - a family man and a Sculptor

Updated on February 8, 2013

A simple man of simple form - the Art of Henry Moore

"All art should have a certain mystery and should make demands on the spectator. Giving a sculpture or a drawing too explicit a title takes away part of that mystery so that the spectator moves on to the next object, making no effort to ponder the meaning of what he has just seen. Everyone thinks that he or she looks but they don't really, you know." Henry Moore

British Sculptor Henry Moore gained international recognition with his flowing contoured sculptures capturing natural forms. In his innate ability to see into a living form, Henry Moore left us with an important heritage in how to observe the world around us, through sculpture.

Since 1940 Henry Moore lived and worked in a farmhouse called Hoglands, in the hamlet of Perry Green in Hertfordshire. He lived there for the rest of his life, together with his wife Irina and daughter Mary. With the help Mary, he also set up the Henry Moore Trust in 1972. In 1977 he established the Henry Moore Foundation as a registered charity with Irina and Mary as trustees. Today the Foundation runs Hoglands as a gallery and museum of Moore's workshops.

The most beloved Henry Moore sculptures include the "Four Piece Composition" from 1934, the "Recumbent Figure" from 1938, the "Reclining Figure" from 1951 and "The Arch" from 1969.

feature image: "King & Queen" by Henry Moore, Glenkiln, UK

image courtesy to and © Copyright Paddy Heron

and licensed for reuse under Creative Commons Licence

Henry Moore at Kew Gardens in 2008

To be an artist is to believe in life

Henry Moore

Henry Moore talks about his philosophy as an Artist

Henry Moore Reclining Figure 1951 - at Tuileries park in Paris

The Art of Henry Moore - trailer for a factual tv feature

Henry Moore In America

Tour of Henry Moore sculpture exhibition at the New York Botanical Garden in 2008 with TIME Magazine Art Critic Richard Lacayo.


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