Henry Moore OM, CH


Henry Moore OM, CH, ‘Recumbent Figure’ 1938
Recumbent Figure 1938
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Henry Spencer Moore (30 July 1898 – 31 August 1986) was an English artist. He is best known for his semi-abstract monumental bronze sculptures which are located around the world as public works of art. As well as sculpture, Moore produced many drawings, including a series depicting Londoners sheltering from the Blitz during the Second World War, along with other graphic works on paper.

His forms are usually abstractions of the human figure, typically depicting mother-and-child or reclining figures. Moore's works are usually suggestive of the female body, apart from a phase in the 1950s when he sculpted family groups. His forms are generally pierced or contain hollow spaces. Many interpreters liken the undulating form of his reclining figures to the landscape and hills of his birthplace, Yorkshire.

Moore was born in Castleford, the son of a coal miner. He became well-known through his carved marble and larger-scale abstract cast bronze sculptures, and was instrumental in introducing a particular form of modernism to the United Kingdom. His ability in later life to fulfil large-scale commissions made him exceptionally wealthy. Despite this, he lived frugally; most of the money he earned went towards endowing the Henry Moore Foundation, which continues to support education and promotion of the arts.

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Artist as subject

Film and audio


Poet Cecilia Knapp responds to Henry Moore’s Mask

To celebrate this year’s National Poetry Day, poet and performer, Cecilia Knapp responds with an original piece to Henry ...


Meet 500 years of British Art - Room: Henry Moore

Chris Stephens explores the work of Henry Moore, the first permanent display of his work in London


His Darkened Imagination: Surrealist Moore

His Darkened Imagination: Surrealist Moore; Tate past event audio recording

Henry Moore on Film – Part 1

This study day explores different approaches to filming Henry Moore and his work, with rare screenings and contributions from art ...

Henry Moore: Curator's Talk

Chris Stephens, curator of the Henry Moore exhibition, discusses Moore's work in the context of twentieth-century history.


Sketches, letters, etc.

Henry Moore OM, CH, recipients: Gustav Kahnweiler, Elisabeth ‘Elly’ Kahnweiler Postcard from Henry Moore to Gustav and Elisabeth ‘Elly’ Kahnweiler

3 September 1962

Henry Moore OM, CH, recipient: Cecil Collins Letter from Henry Moore to Cecil Collins

15 December 1959

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