|Moore in 1975, by Allan Warren|
|Birth name||Henry Spencer Moore|
|Born||30 July 1898|
|Died||31 August 1986 (aged 88)
Much Hadham, Hertfordshire.
|Movement||Bronze Sculpture, Modernism|
|Works||Reclining Figures, 1930s – 1980s|
|Awards||OM CH FBA|
Henry Spencer Moore OM CH FBA (30 July 1898 – 31 August 1986) was an English sculptor and artist in the modern art genre. He was best known for his abstract monumental sculptures which are located around the world as public works of art.
His forms are usually abstractions of the human figure, typically depicting mother-and-child or reclining figures. Moore's works usually suggest the female body, apart from a phase in the 1950s when he did family groups. His forms are generally pierced or have hollow spaces. Some think the undulating form of his reclining figures reflect the landscape and hills of his birthplace, Yorkshire.
Moore was born in Castleford, the son of a mining engineer. He became known for his larger-scale abstract cast bronze and carved marble sculptures. His ability in later life to fulfill large-scale commissions made him exceptionally rich. Yet he lived frugally and most of the money he earned went towards endowing the Henry Moore Foundation, which continues to support education and promotion of the arts.
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