(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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Odysseus in the Naiads’ Cave by Henry Moore contemporary artwork drawing
Henry Moore Odysseus in the Naiads’ Cave, 1944 Pencil, wax crayon, watercolour wash, pen and ink
21 x 17 cm
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Helmet Head: Interior/Exterior Forms by Henry Moore contemporary artwork drawing
Henry Moore Helmet Head: Interior/Exterior Forms, 1950 Pencil, crayon and watercolour on paper
39.4 x 57.1 cm
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Three Reclining figures by Henry Moore contemporary artwork drawing
Henry Moore Three Reclining figures, 1962 Original drawing with ink and pen
29.3 x 24.3 cm
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Mothers and child studies by Henry Moore contemporary artwork works on paper, print
Henry Moore Mothers and child studies, 1976 Original etching and aquatint on Magnani di Pescia cotton paper
65 x 46 cm
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Eight Reclining Figures by Henry Moore contemporary artwork print
Henry Moore Eight Reclining Figures, 1967 Lithograph in colours on Japan paper
76 x 55 cm
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Concerto by Henry Moore contemporary artwork print
Henry Moore Concerto, 1967 Etching and acquatint
32 x 25 cm
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Violet Torso on Orange Stripes by Henry Moore contemporary artwork print
Henry Moore Violet Torso on Orange Stripes, 1967 Litograph
16.5 x 19.7 cm
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Head of Woman by Henry Moore contemporary artwork print
Henry Moore Head of Woman, 1981 Etching on paper
57 x 46 cm
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Mother and Child by Henry Moore contemporary artwork print
Henry Moore Mother and Child, 1983 Etching on paper
52 x 44 cm
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Sculptures: Dark Interior by Henry Moore contemporary artwork print
Henry Moore Sculptures: Dark Interior, 1973 Lithograph on paper
43 x 52 cm
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Three Seated Figures by Henry Moore contemporary artwork print
Henry Moore Three Seated Figures, 1975 Lithograph on paper
40 x 50 cm
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Three Seated Figures by Henry Moore contemporary artwork print
Henry Moore Three Seated Figures, 1981 Colour lithograph on paper
33 x 28 cm
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Ideas for Sculpture by Henry Moore contemporary artwork works on paper, drawing
Henry Moore Ideas for Sculpture, c. 1937 Ink on paper
59 x 44.3 cm
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Two Standing Figures by Henry Moore contemporary artwork sculpture
Henry Moore Two Standing Figures, 1981 Travertine marble
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Madonna and Child by Henry Moore contemporary artwork sculpture
Henry Moore Madonna and Child, 1943 Terracotta
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 Moore Standing Female Figure, 1928 Watercolour on paper
43.8 x 29.3 cm
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Warrior with Shield by Henry Moore contemporary artwork sculpture
Henry Moore Warrior with Shield, 1953/1954 Bronze
155 x 92 x 59 cm
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Reclining Woman by Henry Moore contemporary artwork sculpture
Henry Moore Reclining Woman, 1927 (Summer) Cast concrete
29 x 62.5 x 28.5 cm
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Stonehenge IV by Henry Moore contemporary artwork print
Henry Moore Stonehenge IV, 1973 Lithograph in two colours
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Stonehenge I by Henry Moore contemporary artwork print
Henry Moore Stonehenge I, 1973 Lithograph in three colours
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Square Form by Henry Moore contemporary artwork sculpture
Henry Moore Square Form, 1934 Burgundy stone
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Idea for Sculpture: Head by Henry Moore contemporary artwork works on paper, drawing
Henry Moore Idea for Sculpture: Head, 1969/1977 Charcoal, 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 Moore Two Seated Women and a Child, 1977 Wool warp, wool weft
212.5 x 269.5 cm
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Two Seated Women by Henry Moore contemporary artwork sculpture
Henry Moore Two Seated Women, 1977 Wool warp, wool weft
207 x 178 cm
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Three Seated Women with One Child by Henry Moore contemporary artwork sculpture
Henry Moore Three Seated Women with One Child, 1978 Wool warp, wool weft
212 x 250.5 cm
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Three Women in a Landscape by Henry Moore contemporary artwork sculpture
Henry Moore Three Women in a Landscape, 1979 Wool warp, wool weft
207 x 257 cm
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Circus Rider by Henry Moore contemporary artwork sculpture
Henry Moore Circus Rider, 1979 Wool warp, wool weft
207 x 162 cm
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Square Form by Henry Moore contemporary artwork sculpture
Henry Moore Square Form, 1934 Burgundy stone
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Stonehenge III by Henry Moore contemporary artwork print
Henry Moore Stonehenge III, 1973 Lithograph in three colours
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Stonehenge XI by Henry Moore contemporary artwork print
Henry Moore Stonehenge XI, 1973 Lithograph in two colours
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Portrait of Stephen Spender by Henry Moore contemporary artwork works on paper
Henry Moore Portrait of Stephen Spender, 1934 Pen 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 Moore Maquette for Warrior without Shield, 1952–1953 Bronze on wooden base
21.3 x 10 x 10 cm
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