//Henry Moore//                                        


      • Known as: British artist and sculptor
      • Born: 30 July 1898, Castleford, Yorkshire
      • Birthname: Henry Spencer Moore
      • Date of death: 31 August 1986, Hoglands, Perry Green, near Much Hadham, Herts, UK
      • Interred: Artist's Corner, St Paul's Cathedral

    • Henry Moore was an advocate of direct carving and expressed natural forms in terms of stone or wood, although he used bronze extensively, especially for maquettes.

      Works in the open air include in Arnhem, London, Paris, Rotterdam and Stevenage New Town (more details are in the dateline below).

      Examples of his Madonnas can be found at St Matthew's Northampton, Claydon Suffolk, and Much Hadham, Herts, where he lived.


      • 1898: Born on 30th July, the 7th of 8 children to Raymond Spencer Moore (a mining engineer) and Mary Baker

      • 1909: Decides to become a sculptor

      • 1917: Drafted into the Civil Service Rifles to fight in the Ist World War

      • 1919: Studies sculpture at Leeds School of Art. Meets art student Barbara Hepworth around this time and discovers African tribal sculpture

      • 1921: Wins scholarship to study at the Royal College of Art (RCA) in London

      • 1924: Wins a six month travelling scholarship and goes to northern Italy. Begins a seven-year teaching post at the RCA on his return

      • 1928/9: First public commission, West Wind at London Underground's headquarters at 55 Broadway

      • 1929: Marries Irina Radetsky. Couple move to Parkhill Road, Hampstead, London

      • 1930s: Takes up position of Head of the Department of Sculpture at the Chelsea School of Art

      • 1933: Joins Paul Nash's Unit One Group

      • 1936: On the organizing committee of the London International Surrealist Exhibition

      • 1939: 2nd World War begins

      • 1940: Hampstead home hit by a bomb. Couple move to the farmhouse called Hoglands which is to be his home and workshop for the rest of his life

      • 1940s: Commissioned as a war artist

      • 1946: Daughter Mary born. Retrospective exhibition of his work opened at the Museum of Modern Art in New

      • 1948: Wins the International Sculpture Prize at the Venice Biennale

      • 1950: First large scale public bronze, Family Group, unveiled outside Barclay School in Stevenage, Herts

      • 1951: One of the featured artists of the Festival of Britain. Turns down a knighthood. Completes Reclining Figure situated made of painted plaster outside the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

      • 1952/3: Completes sculpture for the Time-Life Building in London

      • 1955: One of the featured artists of Documenta 1. Made Companion of Honour

      • 1957: Commission for the the UNESCO building in Paris

      • 1962: Completes Knife Edge Two Piece bronze which is situated opposite the Houses of Parliament, Westminster, London

      • 1963: Completes Locking Piece bronze, now at Millbank near the Tate Britain. Awarded the Order of Merit

      • 1963/4: Completes Two Piece Reclining Figure No. 5 Bronze, situated in the grounds of Kenwood House, London

      • 1967: Unveiling on the campus of the University of Chicago of his sculpture Nuclear Energy

      • 1968: Completes Three Piece No. 3 Vertebrae situated at the Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, New York

      • 1969: Completes The Arch bronze situated outside the Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Japan

      • 1972: Important exhibition at Forte di Belvedere overlooking Florence. With daughter Mary sets up Henry Moore Trust

      • 1972/3: Completes Hill Arches bronze situated at the National Gallery of Australia

      • 1973: Completes Large Four Piece Reclining Figure bronze situated at San Francisco's Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall

      • 1976: Completes Three Piece Reclining Figure Draped at Massachusetts Institute of Technology

      • 1977: Sets up the registered charity Henry Moore Foundation

      • 1986: Dies at the age of 88 on 31 August 1986. Body interred in Artist's Corner at St Paul's Cathedral


      • His drawings of the 1939-40 period were often covered with sketches, sometimes with one set of drawings overlaying an earlier sketch

      • In the 1940s, Moore became involved with the Mother and Child theme through the sculptures and drawings which folowed the commission for a Maonna & Church for the Church of St.Matthew, Northampton of 1943-44, and the resultant exploration of the ideas thus suggested. In the drawings and sculptures, one becomes aware of the artist's development of the inter-relation of mother and child, both through the physical enclosure, but also through the elements of regeneration through protection. It can also be linked in with the theme of female fecundity which was woven throughout his career

      • In 1954, Moore was invited to produce a large relief, to be constructed in brick, for the facade of the Rotterdam Bouwcentrum. He made ten maquettes, experimenting with the overall design and how it might translate into a large-scale work

      • Moore was very careful with his money. In other words, he was tight


      henry moore / wall relief: maquette no.3. bronze with brown patina. 33 x 48.5 cm. market value (2006): 22000 henry moore / page from sketchbook 1947/8: ideas for upright internal/external forms 194, signed and dated '48, also titled and inscribed on reverse, pen and ink, watercolour and crayon. 28.5 x 23.5 cm. market value (2006): 15000 henry moore / group on a quayside (recto)/study for sculpture (verso). signed, titled and inscribed. pen & ink, crayon, watercolour and wax resin. 13.5 x 21 cm.  market value (2006): 10000 henry moore / drawing for a figure henry moore / family group henry moore / standing figures


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