Henry Moore (1898-1986)

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Who was he to me?

As with Picasso, I was already aware of Henry Moore before the course – also with somewhat mixed appreciation. Much of his work is figurative in nature, though significantly stylised. Others tend to the fully abstracted.

The Tate has an article on his inspirational sources, which I found fascinating. There is also a significant number of his sculptural drawings available, as well as his drawings of people in bomb shelters. Some of his sculptures seem to flow out of these drawings. (Google image search for shelter drawings.)

This article considers Moores’ inspiration:

In his late 20s, in Paris, Moore encountered an aesthetic object that changed him in a profound and meaningful way. It was a Chac-mool, a Pre-Columbian Aztec sculpture of a reclining human figure. … The figure’s demeanor and humanity inspired Moore, and he embraced the form as something universal with which he could work. … Moore married the Chac-mool’s essence with figuration inspired by one of his most beloved paintings, Cézanne’s The Bathers. The result was an iconic, Modernist sculptural form he called a “reclining figure.” 

from The Full and the Empty in Henry Moore Sculptures, URL viewed 16/09/2019

Interesting work

Recumbent Figure 1938 from https://www.tate.org.uk/art/artists/henry-moore-om-ch-1659/henry-moores-sculptures
Sculptural Ideas 6 from https://www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/moore-sculptural-ideas-6-p02863
Woman from https://www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/moore-woman-t02280
Woman with Clasped Hands from https://www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/moore-woman-with-clasped-hands-p02482
Henry Moore Sculpture at Hoglands from http://www.astoft2.co.uk/herts/henrymoore.htm

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