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WHO IS . . . HENRY MOORE?

Posted 16 March 2010 by Hannah

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:

Composition, 1932

Most of his sculptures are female figures, some are families and some just faces:

Reclining Figure, 1951

Maquette for Family Group, 1944

Mask, 1928

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:

Woman Seated in the Underground, 1941

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!

© The Henry Moore Foundation. These images must not be reproduced or altered without prior consent from the Henry Moore Foundation.

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  1. Tate Kids Blog: HENRY MOORE: WAX CRAYONS AND WATERCOLOURS says:

    [...] Moore is very famous for his sculptures, but regular readers will know that he also made sketches in the London Underground during World War II, when the tube stations [...]

  2. Anonymous says:

    I loved it

  3. PollyandPrince(my pony!) says:

    Henry Moores artwork (sculpters and sketches etc) is great, very different……………

  4. kaitlyn says:

    His full name is Hernry Spencer Moore and he was born in castleford,yorkshire,England on the 30th of july 1898.he attanded elemantary schools and got his scholarship to go to secondary school

  5. . says:

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  7. A.S.A.P says:

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  8. A.S.A.P says:

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  9. loolalauren says:

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  10. Taz says:

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  11. dont make fun of justin beiber! Its not her fault she looks like a boy :p says:

    i think his sculpteres r intresting

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  13. groseman says:

    good facts hannah

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    i love henry moores sculptures its amzaing what he made!!! i loved it

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  52. kiti says:

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  61. Zein Checri says:

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  62. Zein Checri says:

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  83. courtney gray says:

    i thought he was buried in St Pauls Cathedral?…That’s what i’ve heard anyway?…might be wrong? sorry if i am:/.

  84. Beatrice says:

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  89. yomna taha says:

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    Henry Spencer Moore OM CH FBA (30 July 1898 – 31 August 1986) was an English sculptor and artist. He was best known for his semi-abstract monumental bronze sculptures which are located around the world as public works of art

  90. yomna taha says:

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  92. KAI says:

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  94. Jess B says:

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  95. domtheking says:

    Henry Moore is epic!!!
    I so want to be able to draw and sculpture like him!!

  96. lola123 says:

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  106. Louie says:

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  107. Olivia says:

    I think Henry Moore is an extremely skillful man and I think he is extremely fascinating. I am in secondary and I am learning about him in art.

  108. Alisha says:

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  109. woodsy12 says:

    henry is amazing i love some of his sculptures he was brilliant and his life and memorys and very clear in his work.

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  111. Anonymous says:

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  112. rilie says:

    my firende has the same name as him

  113. thingymabob says:

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  118. harty1912 says:

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  119. Anonymous says:

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  122. Awesome11 says:

    This is quite interesting, not much information though. I need a lot for my art homework!

  123. Anonymous says:

    best sculptor ever!!!!!!

  124. chelsea barnes says:

    you are the best at art lol

  125. Sarah says:

    What year is everyone in?? xxx

  126. Anonymous says:

    didn’t he do drawings of hands as well? ;)

  127. emma bryant says:

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  128. Says says:

    awesome

  129. nakeileigha peters says:

    henry moore is a good artist i like the way he puts the sculptures in a weiard posian bye bye xxxxx

  130. lucy says:

    thx it helped alot i learnt that he died in 1986
    amd that he drew hhis idears befor making them

  131. Jessica Belton says:

    Not very helpful :( – But interesting! :) xxx

  132. dc says:

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  133. dena says:

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  134. Anonymous says:

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  135. Leka says:

    Those are real cool stuffs. They must worth millions.

  136. freya says:

    how old was henry moore when he died and do u know the name of his school of art

  137. joe says:

    rubbish

  138. A human being says:

    Need more facts.

  139. A human being says:

    You should have put more fact about him and told us what year things happened, like when he became a teacher, or work for the army and stuff like that.

  140. says sly says:

    A STRONG MAN STAND FOR HIM SELF, BUT A HERO STAND FOR OTHERS. HENRY MORE IS TRULY A HERO.

  141. Anonymous says:

    OMG this website is so helpful ! needed it for my gcse coursework ! thank you so much

  142. Anonymous says:

    where did he die?

  143. Anonymous says:

    I went to his studio and his house for a school trip I loved it!

  144. jade says:

    realy?
    is that intresting

  145. emily sweetman ash says:

    henry more scolltos are good

  146. wackyscale11 says:

    hes the BEST sculptor EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  147. ANONYMOUS says:

    HENRY MOORE’S ABSOLUTELY GREAT!

  148. anonymous says:

    Henry Moore is great! And this website is very helpful! I really like Henry’s style; it’s very inspiring. I hope that everyone recognizes his talent and respects it.

  149. chloe says:

    He’s an awesome artist. And I wish I could make sculptures like him.

  150. Anonymous says:

    Awsome thanks for helping me on my art homework

  151. Gemma Wemma says:

    Thank you it helped me with my art homework
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  152. enrico says:

    nice helped me with my homework

  153. bsvdh,b VHJ, says:

    COOL WEBSITE REALLY GOOD TO GET FACTS AND INFO FOR MY ART PROJECT

  154. Jenny says:

    These information about Henry Moore is good but I think it needs more info , but anyway it’s still great

  155. Emily says:

    I haven’t seen the Henry Moore exibition (and can’t now, because it’s gone) but I found this information extremely helpful as I am doing an essay on Moore for school. Thank you for the great facts!!

  156. myron says:

    thanks helped out with my homework a lot but what where his sculptures made out of an how did he die

  157. tom says:

    Henry is epic

  158. abby says:

    this is an excellent website and it helped me learn so much about henry moore and his marvelous life. thanks

  159. William says:

    I went to a Henry Moore exhibition yesterday at Perry Green and it was amazing, Hylands School, Chelmsford, aged 14

  160. meena says:

    thanks alot but give more information

  161. maryam says:

    thnx this realy hlped as i had henry moore homework

  162. tegan says:

    I love you hanry moore because you do amazing sculpturs.

  163. soul says:

    has anyone got any facts about the arch by henry moore

  164. nicole says:

    wow

  165. bob says:

    wow

  166. Nicole Saye says:

    that wa awesome

  167. elise says:

    Ithink he’s very interesting

  168. Abdul-Aziz Ahmed says:

    I like how Henry Moore is very original and unique and how his sculptures differ to other people’s. He uses a good sense of abstract art that is more freestyle in a way to the way most artists think of his sculptures.

  169. Abdul-Aziz Ahmed says:

    i think its interesting his style

  170. john james smith says:

    i love your work… will you marry me?

  171. Ruby Reich says:

    I think his work is very interesting and is good inspiration if you ever want to make something creative.

  172. maya says:

    Thanks this helped with homework. He’s so interesting!

  173. nick says:

    not bad

  174. Umair says:

    Thanks Hannah really usefull

  175. Umair says:

    woah reaally epic info there

  176. migde says:

    wow

  177. Matthew says:

    They are very ghostly and shape based

  178. tom says:

    this is bad it doesnt teach u anything

  179. Rosie Cardiff says:

    Hi Tom,

    What more would you like to know about Henry Moore? If you ask some questions on the blog, I could maybe sort out a follow-up blog with more information about Henry Moore.

    Thanks

    Rosie

  180. Zishan says:

    Gives nice basic facts

  181. Willow Simns says:

    Thanks! Cool website

  182. Sam Raymond says:

    I agree its really cool!

  183. rylie says:

    good

  184. Anonymous says:

    Thanks

  185. Anonymous says:

    thx helped tons with homework :)

  186. ryan says:

    cool

  187. Zuannaaaaaaa says:

    I love it, I love it :)

  188. taylorswift1801xx says:

    So useful,thank you soooo much Hannah!

  189. Anonymous says:

    Love his skulpture

  190. Anonymous says:

    Really Useful Thnks!!!

  191. demi c says:

    i like these facts because they are interesting

  192. danielle says:

    i liked that exibet it was cool

  193. danielle says:

    i loved the henry moore exibet it was fun very fun actally it was awesome

  194. Danny Shawgo says:

    What are three artists that work in the same style as Henry Spencer Moore