In the twentieth century, one of the most important and celebrated British artists was Henry Moore. Renowned for his semi-abstract monumental bronzes, these sculptures can be seen all around the world. Usually a reclining figure and more often than not suggested as feminine, his work evokes analogies between the body and the landscape, curving, flowing and ever moving. The materials Henry Moore used for his sculptures were mainly bronze or marble. He was born in Yorkshire in 1898 and although he showed interest and talent for art as a child, he was encouraged to train to be a teacher.
Henry Moore was unhappy in that profession but left to serve in the British Army and upon his return, studied at the Leeds School of Art before the Royal College of Art in London. By the 1930’s Henry Moore had already begun to make a name for himself in the UK with numerous commissions and exhibitions. During the war he was engaged as an official war artist where he created his famous drawings of people sheltering in the London Underground during bombing raids. In the 50’s he was already receiving a number of highly-paid international commissions. He passed away at his home in Perry Green in 1986.