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.
You can learn more about Henry Moore’s techniques in this blog post here.
Moore’s career spanned over fifty years – that’s a lot of sculptures!
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.
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