To celebrate the new Henry Moore retrospective at Tate Britain, here are five fascinating facts about the artist and his work:
Henry Spencer Moore was born in Castleford, Yorkshire, England in 1898. He was a teacher and served in the army before going to Leeds School of Art to learn to become a sculptor.
He is famous for sculpting people with hollow spaces in their bodies and for using flowing, abstract shapes:
Most of his sculptures are female figures, some are families and some just faces:
He liked to take inspiration from nature and spent a lot of time sketching each sculpture before he made it.
During World War II, he was commissioned by the War Artists Advisory Committee to make drawings of London’s civilians using Underground stations as bomb shelters:
He died in 1986 and was buried only a few hundred yards from his home at St Thomas’s Church in Perry Green.
The Henry Moore exhibit is open until 8 August 2010. Have you already been to see it? Why not leave us a comment to tell us what you think!
p.s. A Retrospective is a particular kind of exhibition. It means to take a look back at an artist’s whole career. Moore’s career spanned over fifty years – that’s a lot of sculptures!