b. 1898
- d. 1986
  • England
Turnover 2023
$USD 40.654.932
Record Sale
$USD 33.125.719
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After serving in World War I, Henry Moore studied at Leeds School of Art and later the Royal College of Art in London, where he began to develop his distinctive artistic vision. Moore’s early works were influenced by primitivism, surrealism, and the abstract art movements of the early 20th century.

However, it was his engagement with the natural world, organic forms, and the human figure that would become his defining focus. His monumental sculptures often featured curvaceous, abstract shapes that evoked both the human body and the landscape, blurring the boundaries between the two. In the 1930s, Moore’s sculptures gained international recognition, and he became a leading figure in the modern art scene. His exploration of bronze as a medium allowed him to translate his artistic concepts into enduring and monumental forms. His iconic reclining figures, with their smooth, undulating surfaces, became emblematic of his sculptural language. During World War II, Moore served as an official war artist, capturing the effects of the conflict on civilians in London and drawing inspiration from the shelterers in the London Underground. These experiences deepened his commitment to the humanistic qualities inherent in his work.

Throughout his career, Moore received numerous awards and honors, including the International Sculpture Prize at the Venice Biennale in 1948, and his sculptures were displayed in prestigious venues around the world. He also embraced public art projects, creating large-scale sculptures for civic spaces, further embedding his work in the fabric of urban environments. Henry Moore’s legacy extends beyond his own artistic achievements. He was a dedicated educator, teaching at the Chelsea School of Art and later establishing the Henry Moore Foundation to support and promote the appreciation of visual arts. His influence can be seen in subsequent generations of sculptors and artists who continue to draw inspiration from his innovative approaches to form, material, and the human experience.


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Henry MOORE (1898-1986)
Reclining Figure: Festival (1951)

Bronze, brown patina
Ed. 5
230 cm

Lot # 8
Hammer price: $ 29,477,800
Price including buyer’s premium: $ 33,125,678
Estimate: $ 20,098,500 – $ 26,798,000

Defining British Art
30 jun 2016, London, United Kingdom.

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