Born on 30th of July 1898
Died in Much Hadham, Hertfordshire
Died on 31st of August 1986
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In 1921 Moore won a scholarship to the Royal College of Art. This gave him the opportunity to study Mexican, African and Egyptian art in the British Museum and the V&A. He incorporated these influences into his work which began rejecting traditional models and working methods. Moore’s increasingly radical style attracted attention and commissions but also controversy. His Reclining Figure of 1929 was labeled “a repulsive…monstrosity” by the Daily Mirror. Meanwhile Moore supported himself by teaching at the Royal College of Art. In 1932 he was appointed Head of Sculpture at Chelsea School of Art.
He joined the avant-garde group Unit One formed in 1933 by Paul Nash. The group included Ben Nicholson and Barbara Hepworth and its agenda was to bring modern art to the British public. The group’s ideas helped Moore to move towards abstraction and include surrealist influences in his work - in 1936 he took part in the International Surrealist Exhibition in New York.
During World War II, he was commissioned by the War Artists Advisory Committee to make his famous drawings of civilians in underground bomb shelters. He won the International Prize for Sculpture at the Venice Biennale of 1948, and attracted many prestigious commissions worldwide. In 1963, Moore was awarded the British Order of Merit and continued to gain awards including the Legion d’Honneur in 1984.
Henry Moore died August 31 1986 at his studio and home in Perry Green, Hertfordshire. He was interred in the Artist’s Corner at St Paul’s Cathedral.
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From Julia Crouch on 15th May 2009
An English sculptor, he is recognised as one of the most original and powerful modern sculptors. His most famous commissions include the Madonna and Child in St Matthew‚s Church, Northampton (1943-44), the decorative frieze on the Time-Life building in London (1952), and the massive reclining figures for the UNESCO building in Paris (1958) and the Lincoln Centre in New York (1965).
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