Find out about one of Britain’s most important sculptors
Henry Moore (1898–1986) was one of Britain’s leading artists of the twentieth century. He rose to prominence as an exponent of modernism and became famous in the post-war decades through his many exhibitions, public honours and appearances in television programmes.
Moore, who was much respected by key figures in the art world, willingly embraced what he regarded as his civic duties as an artist. Wanting to share the feelings and ambitions expressed in his sculptures with as many people as possible, he welcomed public commissions. In turn, private patrons and civic authorities selected his works for prestigious sites around the world, in part because many felt that his sculptures epitomised the democratic and humanist values of post-war western society.
Discover how Moore made his works and explore the varied aspects of his public identity.
About the project
Henry Moore: Sculptural Process and Public Identity includes entries on sculptures by Moore in Tate’s collection and explores his use of different materials and techniques. It contains essays on various aspects of his life and identity as a public figure, and examines how leading critics interpreted his works.
The project also brings together materials relating to Moore’s public and private life, including correspondence, exhibition reviews, films and photographs.
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