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Discover Henry Moore

Henry Spencer Moore (1898-1986) was one of the most important British artists of the twentieth century and arguably the most internationally celebrated sculptor of the period. He is renowned for his semi-abstract monumental bronzes, which can be seen all over the world.

A black and white photo showing the artist Henry Moore, wearing a check car coat and hat. He is leaning on a walking stick and looking up at a huge bronze sculpture, 'Sheep Piece'.

Henry Moore’s story

Moore was born in Castleford, a small mining town in Yorkshire, in 1898. After training to be a teacher and serving in the British Army he studied at Leeds School of Art and then the Royal College of Art, London.

By the 1950s Moore had begun to receive a number of international commissions. He continued working in sculpture, drawing, printmaking and textile design until his death in 1986.

Moore was a pioneer, and the first British artist to become a global star in his own lifetime. His work came to symbolise post-war modernism and can be said to have caused a British sculptural renaissance.

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Timeline of Henry Moore’s life

See a timeline of Henry Moore’s life, including biographical information, significant artworks, and his interactions with other artists.

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Henry Moore’s artwork

Moore’s artistic output encompasses sculptures, drawings, tapestries, textiles and graphic works produced over a long, varied and hugely productive career.

Our online catalogue is an ongoing project that so far details over 13,000 works by Moore from our collection and around the world.

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Online artwork collection

Search our online catalogue for details of over 13,000 sculptures, drawings, tapestries, textiles and graphic works by Henry Moore.

Henry Moore around the world

A world famous artist in his own lifetime, you can see sculptures by Henry Moore in public spaces and art galleries across the world.

Discover Moore’s work on public display

Georgia O’Keeffe and Henry Moore: Giants of Modern Art
Side-by-side comparison of a painting by Georgia O'Keefe of a black-and-white striped, trumpet-like flower, next to a black sculpture by Henry Moore of a standing figure encased in an oval 'shell'. The two artworks bear some striking similarities.

Touring exhibition

Georgia O’Keeffe and Henry Moore: Giants of Modern Art

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Canada
Henry Moore in Miniature
A small model of an abstract reclining figure by Henry Moore, placed on a thick stone plinth.

Touring exhibition

Henry Moore in Miniature

The Holburne Museum, Bath, UK
Henry Moore: Shadows on the Wall
Painting by Henry Moore depicting four figures, wearing robes or long dresses, stood outside by red and brown buildings.

Touring exhibition

Henry Moore: Shadows on the Wall

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The Courtauld Gallery, London, UK

Henry Moore Archive

The world’s leading resource on the life and work of Henry Moore, containing publications, correspondence, photographs and exhibition material. The archive is part of Henry Moore Studios & Gardens in rural Hertfordshire.

Past exhibitions

Discover a wealth of historical exhibitions on Moore’s work, both at Henry Moore Studios & Gardens and further afield.

This Living Hand: Edmund de Waal presents Henry Moore

19 May – 31 October 2021
Henry Moore Studios & Gardens

Moore believed that ‘tactile experience is very important as an aesthetic dimension in sculpture’. In this innovative exhibition, you are invited to touch a collection of Moore’s work in bronze and stone, plus a series of original carved benches created by the curator from Hornton stone – one of Henry Moore’s favourite materials.

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Henry Moore Studios & Gardens

Experience Henry Moore’s iconic work in the beautiful Hertfordshire countryside with a visit to the artist’s former home, studios and sculpture gardens.

Perry Green
Hertfordshire
SG10 6EE
United Kingdom

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