Henry Moore working on a plaster in the Maquette Studio, Perry Green, c. 1960. Photo by John Hedgecoe. Reproduced by permission of The Henry Moore Foundation
A giant of modern sculpture, Henry Moore engaged the abstract, the surreal, the primitive and the classical in vigorous corporeal forms that are as accessible and familiar as they are avant–garde. His large–scale works celebrate the power of organic imagery at a time when traditional representation was largely eschewed by the vanguard art establishment. Their overwhelming physicality and forceful presence promotes a charged relation between sculpture, site, and viewer.
Henry Moore was born in 1898 in Castleford, England, and died in 1986 in Much Hadham, England. In 1916, he taught at Castleford Grammar School, England. In 1919 he studied at Leeds School of Art, England, and in 1921, he studied at the Royal Academy of Art, London. From 1921 to 1924, he studied at the Royal Academy of Art, London, with traveling scholarships to Paris (1923), and Italy (1925). From 1924 to 1932, Moore taught at the Royal Academy of Art, London, and from 1932 to 1939, he taught at Chelsea School of Art, London. Recent solo exhibitions include the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. (2001); “Analysis: Digital Prints by Isabel Albiol Estrada,” The Henry Moore Foundation, England (2004); Sao Paulo Museum, Brazil (2005); “Moore and Mexico,” Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey, Mexico (2005); “Imaginary Landscapes,” Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids, Michigan (2005); “Power and Taboo: Sacred Objects from the Pacific,” British Museum, London (2007); “Good Form: The Goldschmidt Collection of (small scale) Sculpture,” Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Phoenix (2007); “War and Utility,” Imperial War Museum, London (2007); “Natural Form,” Tate Liverpool, England (2007); “Moore and Mythology,” Musée Bourdelle, Paris (2008); “Mother and Child: Henry Moore’s West Dean Tapestries,” Figge Art Museum, Iowa (2008); “Moore in America,” New York Botanical Garden, New York (2008); “Henry Moore and the Challenge of Architecture,” Didrichsen Museum, Finland (2008); “Henry Moore Sheep,” Saffron Walden Museum, England (2009); Musee Rodin, Paris (2010); Tate Britain, London (2010); “Blitz and Blockade: Henry Moore at the Hermitage,” State Hermitage Museum, Russia (2011); “Prints and Portfolios,” Henry Moore Institute, England (2011); “Henry Moore and the Classic Canon of Modern Sculpture,” Kremlin Museums, Moscow (2012); “Outside,” Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam (2013); and “Back to a Land,” Yorkshire Sculpture Park, England (2015).