Becoming Henry Moore

14 April – 22 October 2017

To coincide with the 40th anniversary of our founding we're proud to present Becoming Henry Moore, an exhibition charting the artist’s creative trajectory from 1914 until 1930.

Becoming Henry Moore gives an insight into the influences at play in the mind of Britain’s foremost modern sculptor during his formative years.

Focused on the ambition of becoming a sculptor, Moore spent his early years studying the art of the past and of his contemporaries on the journey to producing his own individual style. His talent was spotted at a young age at school in Castleford by a progressive headmaster, ‘Toddy’ Dawes, and an encouraging art teacher, Alice Gostick. Miss Gostick and Moore struck up an enduring friendship, and his earliest experiences of contemporary art were digested from publications at her house. After World War I Moore received an ex-serviceman’s grant to attend Leeds School of Art, and later a scholarship to study at the Royal College of Art in London.

During this period, through numerous friendships and mentors, a wealth of art in public and private collections was opened up to him. At the Royal College Moore abided by the curriculum, which focused on copying classical Western art, but spent much of his spare time exploring the ethnographic collections of the British Museum and the displays in the South Kensington museums. Thanks to a travelling scholarship in 1925, he had his first direct encounter with early Italian wall painting and sculpture, which again played an important part in his artistic development. These influences were not only critical for the development of Moore’s early style, but they continued to inform his work for the rest of his career.

Starting with experimental work from his student days in both Yorkshire and London, Becoming Henry Moore presents Moore’s work from the 1920s, shown in dialogue with artists who inspired him or worked alongside him. These include British contemporaries such as Barbara Hepworth and Leon Underwood; the European avant-gardes, Constantin Brâncuși, Henri Gaudier-Brzeska and Pablo Picasso; earlier artists such as Auguste Rodin and Michelangelo, plus examples of African, Aztec and Cycladic art from the British Museum; and publications which Moore studied as a young artist.

You can now book online to see Becoming Henry Moore and your ticket includes entrance to our sculpture gardens and Henry Moore's studios. It is not necessary, however, to book in advance. Tickets are also available on arrival at our visitor centre.

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Immunity from Seizure protection, under part 6 of the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007, has been sought for objects featured in this exhibition. Please visit our collections page for full disclosure and details of our ethical loans policy.
 

Venue details


14 April - 22 October 2017

Venue address

Henry Moore Studios & Gardens
Dane Tree House
Perry Green
Herts
SG10 6EE
United Kingdom
T: +44 (0)1279 843 333

Opening times

Friday 14 April to Sunday 22 October 2017
Wednesday to Sunday & Bank Holidays, 11am - 5pm

30 November 2017 - 18 February 2018

Venue address

Henry Moore Institute
74 The Headrow
Leeds
LS1 3AH
United Kingdom
T: 0113 246 7467

Opening times

Open 7 days a week, except Bank Holidays, from 11am to 5.30pm and until 8pm on Wednesdays.
Galleries are closed on Mondays.