Henry Moor sculptures can be seen at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park near Wakefield.
Henry Moore was born in Castleford, 30th July 1898. He attended Castleford Grammar School on a scholarship and subsequently became a teacher there. His early sculptures of the1920s show the influences of Central American pre-Columbian art and the massive figures of the Italian Renaissance in the 1930s his works had become highly abstract, consisting of simplified, rounded pieces carved from wood, with numerous indentations and holes. His main themes include mother-and-child and family groups, fallen warriors, and, most characteristically, the reclining human figure. Although he endured much criticism of his early work, in 1948 he was awarded the International Prize for Sculpture and his reputation worldwide grew over the following years a version of his Reclining Figure Draped is on show outside of the Civic Centre at Castleford and his first Reclining Figure from 1936 at Wakefield Art Gallery.
He died in 1986.
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