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Henry Moore's art

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.

A vintage colour photo showing sculptor Henry Moore working in his maquette studio. He is moulding a small sculpture in some kind of clay.

Sculptures

Moore created over 1,100 sculptures over the course of his career, working in stone, wood, plaster, bronze, lead and fibreglass. His sculptures are collected and exhibited around the world.

Follow the link below to see more of his sculptures in our extensive catalogue raisonné.

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Drawings

Drawing was central to Moore’s artistic life and he drew prolifically from his school days up to the end of his life. There are around 8,900 drawings by Moore recorded by the Foundation, many made from life, from sculptures, and from nature and natural forms.

The catalogue raisonné, available at the link below, contains details of Moore’s drawings.

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Sketchbooks

From the 1920s, Moore used sketchbooks and notebooks to make studies of things he saw and to record ideas for his own sculptures, drawings and textile designs. Many of these were later disbanded.

A number of Moore’s notebooks and sketchbooks have been reproduced digitally by the Foundation.

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Graphics

During his career, Moore made many prints, etchings, lithographs and collographs, often starting with one of his own drawings. He was also asked to produce designs for deluxe books and portfolios.

Moore’s graphics and portfolios are detailed in the catalogue raisonné.

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Two tapestries by Henry Moore hanging on the walls of a wooden beamed barn

Tapestries

Moore’s interest in working across media and in different scales saw a number of his drawings adapted into large tapestries.

These included tapestries produced in Scotland by Dovecot Studios in 1950, and by Brose Patrick Studio between 1971 and 1974. A further 23 tapestries were woven between 1976 and 1986 at West Dean College in Sussex.

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Textiles

From 1942 Moore made numerous designs for textiles, some of which went into production to become scarves, wall hangings and furnishing fabrics.

These designs, in various colourways, can be seen by following the link below.

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