Henry Moore | Original prints, lithographs, etchings and illustrated books


"A sculptor is a person obsessed with the shape and structure of things; and not the shape of a given thing, but anything. "
(Henry Moore)



Henry Spencer Moore (Castleford, 30 July 1898 - Much Hadham, 31 August 1986) was a British sculptor.

The son of a miner, Moore became famous for his large bronze abstract works and his squared marble sculptures. During the bombardments of the Second World War by the Germans, Moore, like many of his fellow Londoners, used to take refuge in the subway stations. From here he drew inspiration for many of his works that made him famous. His style influenced by primitive and tribal art breaks with traditional classical canons.

Henry Moore loved to draw inspiration from the human body. His statues represent primitive and deformed bodies, often with long, unnaturally relaxed but dynamic limbs in the game of movement. They often depict women, a symbol of fertility, or supine figures that underline how man belongs to nature. This theme was interpreted as a sign of hope and faith in humanity, a positive message that contributed to the success that the artist enjoyed after the Second World War.

In the volume Mailart - The recovery of the memory of the critic Eraldo Di Vita we also talk about Moore's relations with postal art. One of his works is located in Prato in Piazza San Marco, and is now one of the symbols of the city (Square Shape with Cut, 1974).