Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes: Henry Moore Sculpting the Body

  • Online event
  • Wednesday, 10 November 2021
  • Lecture by Dr Hannah Higham, starting at 6pm. Programmed alongside the exhibition Henry Moore: Configuration.

Henry Moore once described the human figure as ‘both the most exacting subject one can set oneself, and the subject one knows best.’ He was fascinated by the construction of the human body and the variety of balance, of size, of rhythm he found within. He was also profoundly aware of the way our bodies occupy space, their weight and volume, and how we navigate the world around us through them.

Complementing the current exhibition Henry Moore: Configuration, this talk will explore how Moore recognised human forms in the natural world, how his figures could relate to mountains and valleys as well as the pebbles he carried in his pocket or which lined his studio walls. It will focus on Moore’s process – a tactile one in which organic form is humanised in the artist’s hands - and the formal and emotional impact of his working in this way.

About the speaker

Dr Hannah Higham is Senior Curator of Collections and Research at the Henry Moore Foundation, based at the artist’s former home and studios in Hertfordshire. She has curated numerous exhibitions and published widely on both Henry Moore and the subject of sculpture.

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