A monumental vision: the sculpture of Henry Moore

Front Cover
Stewart, Tabori & Chang, 1998 - Art - 256 pages
0 Reviews
Using the photographer's personal reminiscences, quotes from Moore, and a masterful photographic essay, the first section of the book highlights some of the sources of Moore's particular vision - the landscape, the body, primitive art, architectural ruins, and much more. Here Hedgecoe evokes the roots of the artist's genius and, most particularly, his clear and unerring sense of the monumental. Included are photos of works in progress as well as portraits of Moore working intensely in his studio. The second part displays many of Moore's major works from throughout his career that are now regarded as classics. Interspersed among the photographs are pages from Moore's personal sketchbooks, revealing an intimate sense of the artist and his way of thinking. Then, for the first time ever in one volume, Hedgecoe presents a compendium of over 750 photographs of sculptural forms. Each photograph is accompanied by dates and dimensions. Organized chronologically, this section is an invaluable resource for students and teachers of art history and modern sculpture, and for the many admirers of Moore's creations.

From inside the book

What people are saying - Write a review

A Monumental Vision: The Sculpture of Henry Moore

User Review  - Not Available - Book Verdict

These two very different volumes celebrate the centennial of the English sculptor Henry Moore (1898-1986). Hedgecoe, a longtime friend of the artist and a noted photographer, has produced a book of ... Read full review

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (1998)

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.

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.

Bibliographic information