Henry Moore: My Ideas, Inspiration and Life as an Artist

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Collins & Brown, 1999 - Art - 208 pages
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"...suddenly the most commonplace objects came to have for me such significance that they no longer existed as just objects, but as shape and form in space."--Henry Moore. One of the world's greatest sculptors and a renowned photographer--close friends for thirty years--combine forces to provide insight into what makes a great creative artist. Part personal history and part stunning presentation of Moore's work and inspirations, striking photographs show his major sculptures and collected art, as well as the landscape and natural forms that indelibly influenced him. Compare Moore's own sculpted masks with the African and Mexican tribal pieces he so admires, or his figures--filled with energy--with Hedgecoe's nude studies. Close-ups focus in on small, fine details. Plus: a treasured glimpse of Moore in his workshop. 208 pages (16 in color), 230 b/w illus., 8 1/8 x 11 3/8.

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About the author (1999)

Born in Yorkshire, England, the sculptor Henry Moore was a dominant figure in British art from the 1930s to the present. During World War II, he was unable to sculpt and so instead sketched people in the London underground during bombing raids. His career reached international prominence when he represented Britain at the 1948 Venice Biennale. Because many of his monumental sculptures are displayed out of doors, he has a fame beyond that of most artists, whose work can be seen only in museums. Throughout his long career, Moore produced figural sculptures that seem to have a universal appeal. He was one of the first English artists to be aware of sculpture outside the Western tradition. He was one of the most successful public sculptors, and hundreds of his works can be seen in parks and squares throughout the world. Among the most well known are marble sculptures in Lincoln Center in New York City and UNESCO headquarters in Paris.

John Hedgecoe established photographic studies the Royal College of Art, London and has had a distinguished career as a photographer for numerous magazines and newspapers. He has written many books on photography, among them The Book of Photography, The Art of Color Photography and the Photographers Handbook.

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