Henry Moore 1898-1986

Henry Moore was one of the greatest sculptors, draughtsmen and printmakers of the twentieth century.

He is best known for his carved marble and larger scale semi-abstract monumental bronze sculptures. He was instrumental in introducing a particular form of modernism to the United Kingdom. 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. The undulating form of his reclining figures can be likened to the landscape and hills of his birthplace, Yorkshire.He established the Henry Moore Foundation in 1977, which continues to support education and promotion of the arts today.