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Henry Moore (British, 1898-1986)


Also known as:  Moore, Henry II; Henry Spencer Moore; Moore, Henry Spencer

Birth Place: Yorkshire, England UK


Who was sculptor Henry Moore?

Henry Spencer Moore was a sculptor who is best known for his public sculptures. These pieces are often semi-abstract and feature many historical settings, including famously the Blitz of London in World War II. He created many sculptures for both indoors and outdoors throughout his life and kept making right up until his death in 1979. His work is instrumental to the evolution of sculpting in the twentieth century and led to him becoming an important member of the art community including becoming a trustee of the National Gallery and the Tate Gallery. 

Moore was the recipient of much recognition and many awards during his life. He won the International Sculpture Prize in 1948 at the Venice Biennale. He also won the companion of Honor, The Order of Merit, and the Erasmus Prize, though he famously rejected a knighthood in 1951 because he felt it boosted him above contemporary artists whose work he admired. His work has become even more renowned after his death, making him one of the most in-demand sculptors on the art market today. 

What kind of art does Henry Moore make?

Henry Moore is a sculptor whose work often features famous historical moments and semi-abstract human figures. His forms often depict mother and child in reclining figures and will frequently have pierced or hollow spaces. His large-scale abstract bronze sculptures helped bring modernism to England and by the 1940s Moore became a national celebrity. He helped to challenge the establishment and his gentle, curving pieces are often in stark contrast to some of the more rougher and angular work that other artists were doing at this time. 

How did sculptor Henry Moore get started?

Henry Moore was born in Yorkshire, who was obsessed with music and literature from an early age. Pre-World War I, Moore became a schoolteacher. While he had an interest in becoming a sculptor, his parents discouraged this notion because they felt it limited his career prospects. After the War, Moore received a serviceman’s grant and used it to attend the Leeds School of Art. He set up a sculpture studio there and began to develop his signature style. In 1921 Moore won a scholarship to study at the Royal College of Art, where he continued to refine his style while studying primitive art and sculpture at the British Museum. These studies would contribute greatly to his developing style. 

How much are Henry Moore’s sculptures worth?

Henry Moore’s sculptures are some of the most famous and in-demand pieces of art in the world today. His work can often fetch millions at auction and routinely will sell for over a million pounds. Even his smaller gallery pieces are often quite expensive. That said, there is almost no surer bet for an art collector than a Henry Moore piece. They are beautiful, evocative, and above all else show a great love and understanding of humanity that transcends time or politics. 

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