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Henry Moore

A European Impulse

Henry Moore (1898–1986), known as the “Picasso of Sculpture,” is regarded as one of the most important sculptors of the twentieth century and the epitome of the modern artist. He influenced the history of twentieth-century sculpture more decisively than anyone else and was one of the first contemporary sculptors to install his work in public spaces throughout the world. His oeuvre has been a lasting source of inspiration for generations of artists, from Hans Arp and Alberto Giacometti to today’s younger generation of sculptors.

This book offers a sumptuous catalog of some his most significant works, revealing the interrelationship between nature and abstraction often typified in his sculptures. Moore’s work was revolutionary in its use of voids, openings, and holes that heighten the sculptural, three-dimensional effect of his pieces. Through one hundred and fifty color plates, this book illustrates the innovation of Moore’s work, which led to his rise as a dominant figure in modern sculpture, and demonstrates his collaborative influence on other generations of artists.

280 pages | 150 color plates | 9 1/2 x 11 3/4 | © 2017

Art: European Art

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“Though there has been no dearth of Moore exhibitions in the last two decades, this one, as embodied in this catalogue, distinguished itself by historicizing the presence of the British artist’s work in postwar Germany and considering it alongside contemporaneous sculpture and drawings by mostly German artists. . . . The visual interplay of the works illustrated, together with the remarks about them, makes a powerful argument for the prevalence of organic abstraction, primitivism, and the vestigial remains of the figurative tradition in modern European sculpture. . . . Highly recommended.”


Table of Contents

Hermann Arnhold and Tanja Pirsig-Marshall
Biography Henry Moore
Henry Moore and Surrealism
Markus Müller
Anything but Gentle: Henry Moore – Modern Sculptor
Chris Stephens
Material Form – Modelled Word: Henry Moore and Poetry
Christa Lichtenstern
“The entire artists’ guild here is mooring”
Tanja Pirsig-Marshall
Artists’ Biographies
Eline van Dijk, Malte Jung, Mark Niehoff, Beate Pittnauer
Reclining Rigures
Masks, Helmets and Heads
Outdoor Sculptures
Three Piece Sculpture: Vertebrae, Münster
Andrea Witte
Draped Seated Woman, Wuppertal
Malte Jung
Two Piece Reclining Figure No. 5, Recklinghausen
Tanja Pirsig-Marshall
Three Way Piece No. 2: (The) Archer, Berlin
Uta Caspary
List of Exhibited Works
Selected Bibliography
Photo Credits

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