Henry Moore: Artist Portrait

Henry Moore

Born 1898. Died 1986.

Works by Henry Moore at Sotheby's

Past Lots

Henry Moore Biography

Henry Moore was a major British sculptor whose organically shaped, semiabstract and often monumental bronze and stone figures made him one of the most important sculptors of the 20the century.

Born in into a Yorkshire coal-mining family on 30 July 1898, Moore started training as a schoolteacher, until he was called to serve in World War I and was injured. Thanks to a rehabilitation grant in September 1919, he studied drawing and sculpture at the Leeds School of Art, from which he obtained a scholarship to study sculpture at the Royal College of Art in London. There, he spent time at the British Museum, discovering the power and beauty of Egyptian, Etruscan, pre-Columbian and African sculpture. Reacting against the European sculptural tradition, Moore moved away from the human figure to experiment with abstract shapes that made use of organic and natural forms – he studied bones, pebbles and shells to understand what he called “nature’s principles of form and rhythm.”

From his first one-man exhibition and public commission in London in the late 1920s, to his 1943 commission of a Madonna and Child for the church of St. Matthew in Northampton, to his Reclining Figure, 1956–58, for the UNESCO building in Paris, Moore developed a distinct Modernist sculptural language that earned him international critical acclaim. After establishing the Henry Moore Foundation in 1977 and giving many sculptures from a 1978 exhibition of his work at the London’s Serpentine Gallery to the Tate museum, Moore died on 31 August 1986.

Along with museums around the world, Moore’s work are in the collections of England’s Chatsworth House, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Kew Gardens and Fitzwilliam Museum. According to Sotheby’s Mei Moses index, the average compound annual return for Henry Moore resold at auction between 2003 and 2017 was 4.9%, and 84.3% of 172 such works increased in value.

Read More

Auctions with Works by Henry Moore

Henry Moore Videos and Stories

Museums with Works by Henry Moore

We use our own and third party cookies to enable you to navigate around our Site, use its features and engage on social media, and to allow us to perform analytics, remember your preferences, provide services that you have requested and produce content and advertisements tailored to your interests, both on our Site as well as others. For more information, or to learn how to change your cookie or marketing preferences, please see our updated Privacy Policy & Cookie Policy.

By continuing to use our Site, you consent to our use of cookies and to the practices described in our updated Privacy Policy.

Close
Artist Image: © The Cecil Beaton Studio Archive at Sotheby’s / © The Estate of Henry Moore / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris 2018
Please note that prior performance of the indexes and realized returns contained herein does not guarantee future results. In addition, there is no guarantee that random collections of individual works of art or stocks will yield index returns. We are not financial advisors and we are not in the business of recommending art as an investment. We also have no comparative advantage in forecasting the future direction of the art market. Investment decisions should be based on the risk return tolerance and time horizon of the investor with, if desired, the support of a licensed financial advisor. This information is provided "as is" and with no representations or warranties either express or implied of accuracy, merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose or of any other nature are made with respect to this information or to any expressed views presented in this information.