Artist of the moment ……Sculptor Henry Moore

Henry Moore was a British artist born in  Castleford, Yorkshire, England in the year 1896.  Moore was renown for working with the figure and in particular the mother and child genre. His father was an engineer in a mine but loved literature and the arts and exposed the artist and his seven other siblings to explore the arts. Moore was responsible for bringing modern sculpture to England much the same way Rodin brought modern sculpture to France.

Moore is best known for his work with the female figure. Rather than depict the entire form, Moore always leaves some space void or empty.

In this clip we see many of Henry Moore very large public sized outdoor works. Things to notice are the mother and child theme and the remarkable skill of the artist to depict drapery.  When Moore was offered these very large sized commissions, Moore was able to make a substantial amount of money but lived frugally and saved most of his money to start an art foundation called the Henry Moore Foundation.

His favorite medium used were bronze and marble.

Moore joined the Army, but was injured in a gas attack. As he later told people the war passed in a romantic haze of him wanting to be the hero. After leaving the army Moore went to Leeds College of Art. Moore also studied at the Royal College of Art.

price range information: The artist has prints starting around $1,000. In June a bronze sold at auction for $5.8 million dollars.

Moore was also part of the teaching faculty at the Royal College of Art and later the Chelsea School of Art.

In this clip we view a show in Ontario with an interview with a curator.

Winner of International Sculpture Prize at the 1948 Venice Biennale.

Henry Moore passed away in 1986 at the age of 88 years of age.


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