Henry Moore


Henry Moore 1898 – 1986

One of the most revered English Sculptors.

  • He lived and worked during the two Great Wars.
  • His works have certainly been influenced by his war experiences.
  • Most of his work is on a big scale.
  • He used materials (wood and stones) from his native country.
  • His subjects were mostly revolving around the human form.

Below is a quote of his that sounds so true:

QUOTE …”I think also he came to know that, in a work of art, the expression of the spirit of the person – the expression of the artist’s outlook on life – is what matters more than a finished or a beautiful or a perfect work.” “simplify;they can leave out…In some way their late works become simplified and fragmentary, become imperfect and unfinished.”

He is talking about simplicity and minimalism in the artworks produced by artists in their later days.

I’ve always found fascinating how Great Artists in their latter days “turn” to a more basic use of materials and a love for simple forms, almost touching abstraction. By leaving out more they always manage to give exactly what they strive for. And it is a constant question in my mind to understand if it’s a process of working through all arts’ pretenses and arriving at the essentials or if it’s just easier to work in more simple ways, when age becomes a factor in the daily art process.

*the photo is from

Henry Moore’s Sheep Piece
Hertfordshire, England 1983
Gelatin Silver
by John Loengard



6 comments on “Henry Moore

  1. cosindas says:

    I so agree with you.
    It is so intresting how minimalism is there in the later works of all important artists.

  2. YellowCable says:

    An interesting observation and the good question you left at the end. I am wondering the same thing. The former one seems to be more profound. The later one can also be true but why would that occur in the early life then?

  3. fionazakka says:

    I think that minimalism and simplifying in the early life of a painter – creator on one hand is due to attraction to the work of an elder scholar. On the other hand it is due to immaturity and lack of essential knowledge which allows you to judge your own work as a third person, without the sentimentality.

  4. Stephen Hughes says:

    Wow what a wordpress site! – I love Monet and Moore and studied both at Art College (Loughborough)! – BUt as you can see I still dabble and don’t work in an office but (no paint brush)! – big boo~hoo!

  5. fionazakka says:

    Thank you for your very nice and kind words about my blog.
    I will love to read your comments on my future posts on art and famous artists quotes.

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