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(1898 – 1986), United Kingdom

Henry Moore Artworks

Influential British sculptor Henry Moore is recognised for his semi-abstract wooden or marble carvings and cast bronze sculptures based on reclining human figures.

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Within variously evolving and overlapping styles, Moore also created volumetric crayon and ink wash drawings and tapestries.

Reclining Figure

In 1924 Moore got a six month travelling fellowship to Northern Italy Paris.

At Paris' Trocadero Museum, he encountered a plaster cast of a reclining stone Chac Mool figure, a pre-Columbian Mayan sculpture that astounded him, and which he had seen two years earlier reproduced in a book on Mexican Art. From it he developed a formally rectangular, blockish structure in which a carved figure was positioned, such as Reclining Figure (1929) or Reclining Woman(1930).

In the late thirties these became more abstract, elongated with holes, such as the elmwood Reclining Figure (1939).

Draped Seated Woman

The human form reclining or seated figures (or standing mother and child) were a dominant theme in his sculptures and distinctive drawings using crayon, chalk, watercolour and gouache. A good example is _Draped Seated Woman _(1956-7), a bronze sculpture.

Abstract Sculptures

Moore's sinuous abstract sculptures were influenced by the works of earlier and contemporary artists, among them Picasso, Jean Arp, Joan Miró, and Constantin Brancusi.

Also significant were elements of nature, particularly the austere rotund hillforms of his native Yorkshire. Often the body parts were disconnected and separated to accentuate the geological as curvilinear abstraction. Examples include Composition (1931) and Two Large Forms (1969).

Tapestries

In the mid seventies Moore executed a small series of ink and watercolour figure drawings intended to be made into tapestries by five master weavers at Tapestry Studio, West Dean College. Moore was so fascinated by the results and the process of 'translation' where the weavers themselves picked the colours, dyes, types of wool and quality of greatly enlarged lines and stains, that he did seven more. Several were purchased by the Victoria and Albert Museum, and later sent to Christchurch Art Gallery for an exhibition in 1981. In 2021, art gallery Hauser & Wirth presented tapestries from the late seventies in Hong Kong.

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Idea for Sculpture: Head by Henry Moore contemporary artwork works on paper, drawing
Henry MooreIdea for Sculpture: Head, 1969/1977Charcoal, ink and chinagraph on paper
25.4 x 17.6 cm
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Two Seated Women and a Child by Henry Moore contemporary artwork sculpture
Henry MooreTwo Seated Women and a Child, 1977Wool warp, wool weft
212.5 x 269.5 cm
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Two Seated Women by Henry Moore contemporary artwork sculpture
Henry MooreTwo Seated Women, 1977Wool warp, wool weft
207 x 178 cm
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Three Seated Women with One Child by Henry Moore contemporary artwork sculpture
Henry MooreThree Seated Women with One Child, 1978Wool warp, wool weft
212 x 250.5 cm
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Three Women in a Landscape by Henry Moore contemporary artwork sculpture
Henry MooreThree Women in a Landscape, 1979Wool warp, wool weft
207 x 257 cm
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Circus Rider by Henry Moore contemporary artwork sculpture
Henry MooreCircus Rider, 1979Wool warp, wool weft
207 x 162 cm
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Ideas for Sculpture by Henry Moore contemporary artwork works on paper, drawing
Henry MooreIdeas for Sculpture, c. 1937Ink on paper
59 x 44.3 cm
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Two seated women and a child by Henry Moore contemporary artwork sculpture
Henry MooreTwo seated women and a child, 1945Bronze
16.5 x 10.8 x 7 cm
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Helmet Head: Interior/Exterior Forms by Henry Moore contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, drawing
Henry MooreHelmet Head: Interior/Exterior Forms, 1950pencil, crayon and watercolour on paper
39.4 x 57.1 cm
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Square Form by Henry Moore contemporary artwork sculpture
Henry MooreSquare Form, 1934Burgundy stone
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Two Standing Figures by Henry Moore contemporary artwork sculpture
Henry MooreTwo Standing Figures, 1981Travertine marble
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Stonehenge III by Henry Moore contemporary artwork print
Henry MooreStonehenge III, 1973Lithograph in three colours
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Stonehenge XI by Henry Moore contemporary artwork print
Henry MooreStonehenge XI, 1973Lithograph in two colours
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Portrait of Stephen Spender by Henry Moore contemporary artwork works on paper
Henry MoorePortrait of Stephen Spender, 1934Pen and ink, chalk, brush and ink, wash
35 x 26 cm
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Maquette for Warrior without Shield by Henry Moore contemporary artwork sculpture
Henry MooreMaquette for Warrior without Shield, 1952–1953Bronze on wooden base
21.3 x 10 x 10 cm
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Madonna and Child by Henry Moore contemporary artwork sculpture
Henry MooreMadonna and Child, 1943Terracotta
14.5 x 7.5 x 7.8 cm
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Standing Female Figure by Henry Moore contemporary artwork works on paper
Henry MooreStanding Female Figure, 1928Watercolour on paper
43.8 x 29.3 cm
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Warrior with Shield by Henry Moore contemporary artwork sculpture
Henry MooreWarrior with Shield, 1953/1954Bronze
155 x 92 x 59 cm
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Reclining Woman by Henry Moore contemporary artwork sculpture
Henry MooreReclining Woman, 1927 (Summer)Cast concrete
29 x 62.5 x 28.5 cm
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