Henry Moore was an English sculptor and artist born on July 30, 1898, in Castleford, Yorkshire. He is best known for his abstract bronze sculptures that explore the human form and are characterized by their curvilinear shapes and organic quality.

Early Life and Education

Moore's father was a miner, and he grew up in a working-class environment. At the age of eleven, he won a scholarship to study at the Castleford Secondary School where he discovered his love for art.

In 1919, Moore served in the army during World War I before pursuing art education at the Leeds School of Art between 1919-1921. Later on, he studied at The Royal College of Art (1921-1924). It was there where he met Barbara Hepworth with whom he shared artistic ideas and became close friends.


During the early days of his career as an artist, Moore experimented with various styles such as cubism before settling for a unique style that centered around the human form.

By the 1930s, Henry Moore had gained significant recognition for his works. His large-scale sculptures often depicted human figures presenting them through abstraction while maintaining their recognizable features.

One of Henry Moore’s most famous works includes "Reclining Figure," which has become synonymous with him over time. It depicts several sculptures showcasing a woman's figure in various poses portraying relaxation as well as femininity.

Personal Life

Henry married Irina Radetsky when they both served in France during World War I. Together they had one daughter named Mary who later became an art historian specializing in her father's work.

Henry passed away on August 31st, 1986 after becoming one of England's internationally recognized artists with numerous achievements to his name.


Henry Moore left behind an exceptional legacy through his contribution towards sculpture development during modern years. His artwork remains popular today, and many of his pieces are a must-see in museums' modern art exhibits.

Following the success of his artwork's reception, Henry Moore set up The Henry Moore Foundation to continue supporting artists and promote public appreciation towards sculptures. Today the organization plans various initiatives towards gallery exhibits and other events that honor Henry Moores contributions as an artist.