“For Me the War Passed in a Romantic Haze of Trying to be a Hero” Henry Moore

Henry Spencer Moore OM CH FBA (30 July 1898 – 31 August 1986) was an icon English artist. Moore was born in Castleford, the son of a coal miner. He became well-known through his carved marble and larger-scale abstract cast bronze sculptures, and was instrumental in introducing a particular form of modernism to the United Kingdom.



Artista: Henry Moore
Luogo: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Supporto: Bronzo
Data creazione: 1957

Henry was the seventh of eight children in a family that often struggled with poverty. He attended infant and elementary schools in Castleford, where he began modelling in clay and carving in wood. He professed to have decided to become a sculptor when he was eleven after hearing of Michelangelo’s achievements at a Sunday School reading.

Despite his early promise, Moore’s parents had been against him training as a sculptor, a vocation they considered manual labour with few career prospects. After a brief introduction as a student teacher, Moore became a teacher at the school he had attended. Upon turning eighteen, Moore volunteered for army service. He was the youngest man in the Prince of Wales’ Own Civil Service Rifles regiment and was injured in 1917 in a gas attack, on 30 November at Bourlon Wood, during the Battle of Cambrai. After recovering in hospital, he saw out the remainder of the war as a physical training instructor, only returning to France as the Armistice was signed. He recalled later, “for me the war passed in a romantic haze of trying to be a hero.” This attitude changed as he reflected on the destructiveness of war and in 1940 he wrote that, “a year or two after [the war] the sight of a khaki uniform began to mean everything in life that was wrong and wasteful and anti-life. And I still have that feeling.”


Tube Shelter Perspective 1941

Woman Seated in the Underground ,1941


Two Sleepers, 1941

Shelterers in the Tube 1941 – Henry Moore



He chosse draw in a tunnel for shelter lifely, he used pencil for sketch, pen or white crayon for making a tone value and volume, and than he covered his draw used ink, so crayon oil area cannot absord the ink or water color, it was mezmerizing effect visually. we can feel rigid, fragile, dark tone maked a little bit scary




His line firm, bold and thicker, and Henry Moore it was really interested with three dimensional object, so tone, value, texsture and volume its important to decribe it in his works.