Henry Moore

Art on This Day
Henry Moore was an Anglo-Irish 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.


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.


He donated most of the money he earned working as an artist to the Henry Moore Foundation, which continues supporting education and promotion of the arts at the present day. 


Henry Moore died on this day in 1986.