Henry Moore

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  • All art is an abstraction to some degree.
  • To be an artist is to believe in life.
  • The important thing is somehow to begin.
  • It is a mistake for a sculptor or a painter to speak or write very often about his job. It releases tension needed for his work.
  • The artist works with a concentration of his whole personality, and the conscious part of it resolves conflicts, organized memories, and prevents him from trying to walk in two directions at the same time.
  • Now I really make the little idea from clay, and I hold it in my hand. I can turn it, look at it from underneath, see it from one view, hold it against the sky, imagine it any size I like, and really be in control, almost like God creating something.
  • Discipline in art is a fundamental struggle to understand oneself, as much as to understand what one is drawing.
  • I find drawing a useful outlet for ideas for which there is not time enough to realize as sculpture... And I sometimes draw just for its own enjoyment.
  • I'm very grateful that I was too poor to get to art school until I was 21... I was old enough when I got there to know how to get something out of it.
  • A work can have in it a pent-up energy, an intense life of its own, independent of the subject it may represent.


Henry Moore, born 30 July 1898  in Castleford, Yorkshire died 31 August 1986) was an Anglo-Irish sculptor and artist, the son of a coal miner. He was best known for his semi-abstract monumental bronze 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 are usually suggestive of the female body, apart from a phase in the 1950s when he sculpted family groups. His forms are generally pierced or contain hollow spaces. Many interpreters liken the undulating form of his reclining figures to the landscape and hills of his birthplace, Yorkshire.

However, many of the pieces were created as clay moquettes, which were then expanded by technical means to the size required for the sculptures, which were sometimes produced in 3 different sizes.

He became well-known through his carved marble and larger-scale abstract cast bronze sculptures, and was instrumental in introducing a particular form of modernism to the United Kingdom. His ability in later life to fulfill large-scale commissions made him exceptionally wealthy. Despite this, he lived frugally; most of the money he earned went towards endowing the Henry Moore Foundation, which continues to support education and promotion of the arts.