Learn about Henry Moore


Learn about 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.

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.

How to look at sculpture

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Research resources

There are a number of ways you can find out more about sculpture and the life of Henry Moore online, or by coming to visit us at Henry Moore Studios & Gardens in Hertfordshire.

Online catalogue of Moore's work

Search our online catalogue for inspiration & references, with over 12,000 sculptures, drawings, tapestries, textiles and graphic works by Henry Moore now available.

Find out more

Henry Moore works in public

Works by Henry Moore can be found in hundreds of galleries, museums and public spaces throughout the world.

Find out more

Visit the Archive at Henry Moore Studios & Gardens

Our Archive comprises over three quarters of a million publications, documents, images and recordings created and collected from the artist's working life to the present day. It illuminates Moore's creativity, passion and curiosity and documents his influence on 20th and 21st Century art.

Find out more