Heroic Bust: Henry Moore
© Alexander and Catriona Stoddart

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Heroic Bust: Henry Moore 1990 (cast 1992)
  • Scottish Art
Stoddart’s work is in the tradition of neo-classicism and has attracted much controversy. This bust of Henry Moore was conceived in response to a widely held view that Moore’s work (and that of many other celebrated modern artists) is ‘classical’. In making an aggressively neo-classical bust of Moore, Stoddart wishes to attack such blurred definitions and restore some precision to our understanding of what is classical – and what is not. Stoddart stated "to put it bluntly, Henry Moore does not make monuments, that function which put classicism on earth". Commanding and imposing, the bust sits on a plinth over two metres high and was cast in bronze by the Powderhall Foundry, Edinburgh.

Glossary Open


Sculpted portrait consisting of the head and the top of the shoulders.


A general term for art and architecture based on ancient Greek and Roman culture.


A general term used to describe the various movements in art from the late 19th century to the 1960s, encompassing a broad range of styles.


The revival of ancient Greek and Roman models of art and architecture, with particular importance put on simplicity and discipline. Such ideals have been revived at various points in history and contrast with more decadent and dynamic styles such as the Baroque.

Bust, Classicism, Modernism, Neo-classicism


  • Acc. No. GMA 3669
  • Medium Bronze
  • Size 261.00 x 51.00 x 49.00 cm
  • Credit Purchased 1992