Henry Moore (British, 1898–1986) is often considered the foremost British sculptor of the 20th century. In 1919, he studied at the Leeds School of Art, and earned a scholarship to the Royal College in London in 1921. From 1925 until 1931, Moore taught at the Royal College, and in 1928, received his first commission. The project, which was a relief work for the London Underground Headquarters, illustrated Moore''''s interest in primitive art. Moore''''s style was inspired by Sir Jacob Epstein (British, 1880–1959) and Eric Gill (British, 1882–1940), among other British sculptors.

His works from the late 1920s demonstrate Epstein''''s influence, as well as Moore''''s appreciation of Mayan art. In 1933, Moore moved to the Chelsea School of Art. By the 1940s, he had established an international audience for his work, and in 1946, Moore visited New York for the first time for the start of a retrospective exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art. He was awarded the International Sculpture Prize at the Venice Biennale in 1948. From 1949 until 1956, he served as a Trustee of the Tate Gallery in London. In the late 1950s and early 1960s, Moore continued to receive significant public and private commission offers from abroad. In 1972, one of Moore''''s most important and well-received exhibitions took place at Michelangelo''''s Forte di Belvedere near Florence. His sculptures, while usually abstract, often portray the human figure. Moore is perhaps best known for sculpting reclining figures and mothers with children. His works are displayed in many sculpture gardens and public locations around the world.


Born: Castleford Yorkshire, England
Enrolled at Leeds School of Art
Royal College of Art in London
Won travelling scholarship and went to Italy for six months
Received commission for first public sculpture: a figure on St James’s Park underground station in London
Taught sculpture at the Royal College of Art
Participated in the International Surrealist exhibition in London
Taught sculpture at the Chelsea School of Art
Made a Companion of Honour
Trustee of the Tate Gallery
Trustee of the National Gallery
Commission for the UNESCO building in Paris
Commission forKnife Edge Two Pieces, for College Green, opposite the Houses of Parliament in London
Received the Order of Merit
Commission for Nuclear Energy for the University of Chicago
Died: Much Hadham, Herfordshire, England


European Masters - Tasende Gallery - West Hollywood, West Hollywood, CA
Beyond Brancusi - Norton Simon Museum of Art, Pasadena, CA
NeuenGalerie - neu gesehen: Sammlung + documenta-Erwerbungen - Neue Galerie, Kassel
Artistic Relationships: Partners, Mentors, Lovers - Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, Charlotte, NC
British and French Modernism - Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland
Henry Moore - Late Large Forms - Gagosian Gallery , New York City, NY
Open Depot - Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg
Henry Moore - Late Large Forms - Gagosian Gallery, London (England)
Henry Moore - Leeds Art Gallery, Leeds (England)
55 JAHRE GALERIE KOCH – Meisterwerke der Bildhauerei - Galerie Koch, Hannover, Germany
Le Rêve - Der Traum - Motiv und Metapher - Kunstmuseum Bochum, Bochu, Germany
Henry Moore and the Challenge of Architecture, Didrichsen Museum, Helsinki, Finland (solo)
Mother and Child: Henry Moore’s West Dean Tapestries, Figge Art Musuem, Davenport, Iowa
Moore in Ameirca, New York Botanical Garden, NY (solo)
Henry Moore Textiles, Dovecot Studios, Edinburgh, Scotland (solo)
Henry Moore imaginary landscapes, Haus am Wladsee, Berlin, Germany (solo)
Moore and Mythology, Musée Bourdelle, Paris, France (solo)
Henry Moore: Master Printmaker - A Major Tour of Russia, 12 venues in Russia (solo)
Moore at Kew, Royal Botantic Gardenks, UK (solo)
Good Form: The Goldschmidt Collection of (small scale) Sculpture, Scottsdale museum of Contemporary Art - SMoCA, Phoenix, AZ
Henry Moore: Natural Form, Tate Liverpool, Liverpoo, UK (solo)
Henry Moore: War and Utility, Imperial War Museum, London, UK (solo)
Henry Moore and the Challenge of Architecture, Kunsthal, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Power and Taboo: Sacred Objects from the Pacific, British Museum, London, Uk (solo)
Henry Moore (retrospective), CaixaForum, Barcelona, Spain (solo)
Classics, Sara Hilden Art Museum, Tampere
Dimensions, Winston Wachter Fine Art - New York, New York City, NY
Henry Moore: A Retrospective, Sao Paulo, Rio, Brasilia, Brasil (solo)
Henry Moore - Marlborough London, UK (solo)
Cubism and its Legacy - The Gift of Gustav and Elly Kahnweiler, Tate Liverpool, Liverpool, England (group)
Henry Moore, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
Moore in China, Beijing, Guangzhou, Shanghia, China
Works on Paper - Timothy Taylor Gallery, London, UK
Petits Formats - Yoshii Gallery, New York City, NY
Sculpture from the New Europe: public sculpture for the 2 Germanies 1945-68 - Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, UK
Giacometti to Judd: Prints by Sculptors - MoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NY
Modern Masters and the Figure: Picasso to de Kooning - Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, WA
The Non-Objective World - Kettle's Yard, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, UK
The Treasure Houses of Britain: 500 Years of Private Patronage and Art Collecting - The National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
Aspects of Twentieth-Century Art I. Picasso and Cubism II. European Painting and Sculpture III. Henri Matisse: Cut-Outs - The National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
Monumentality in Modern Sculpture - Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Houston, TX
First Papers of Surrealism - - Coordinating Council of French Relief Societies, New York City, NY
Exposition Internationale du Surrealisme..., Galerie des Beaux-Arts, Paris, France
International Surrealist Exhibition... New Burlington Galleries, London, IK
Neue Englische Kunst - Kunstverein in Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany

Public Collections

Tate Modern, London, UK
Tate Britain, London, UK
Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, UK
Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, UK
Kettle's Yard, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, UK
UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York City, NY
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art - SFMOMA, San Francisco, CA
The National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía MNCARS, Madrid, Spain
Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, Italy
Museo Botero, Bogota , Colombia


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