Henry Moore The Helmet 1939 - 1940 © The Henry Moore Foundation (www.henry-moore.org). All rights reserved. DACS, London 2023


Born 1898
Died 1986
Nationality English
Birth place Castleford
Death place Much Hadham

Born in Yorkshire, Moore is regarded as one of the greatest sculptors of the 20th century. He won a scholarship to the Royal College of Art in London in 1921, where he met fellow sculptor Barbara Hepworth. His early work was carved and, in keeping with his belief in 'truth to materials', he took account of the unique shape and texture of the material he carved. He rejected classical ideas of beauty in favour of vitality and was influenced by ancient sculpture as well as developments in European avant garde sculpture, such as the work of Jean Arp. Moore had strong socialist principles and felt that his work could be appreciated by everyone.

Glossary terms

Glossary terms

Found material

A found object, sometimes known as the French ‘objet trouve’, is an object which is retrieved or bought by an artist for its intriguing or aesthetic properties. Some artists have transformed found objects into works of art, while others have derived inspiration from collected items. Some of the most famous examples include Marcel Duchamp’s ‘readymade’ sculptures and Tony Cragg’s eclectic assemblages.