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Henry Moore’s Brilliant Darkness

There are a couple factors in particular that make Henry’s Moore’s art as brilliant as it is. To start with, the artist does not confine himself to a single style. While his art is surreal, it is not abstract; it clearly defines people, places and emotions.

Henry Moore worked in a gradual, methodical manner; even so, he was willing to experiment with various artistic methods both in sculpture and in art. He could start with a single part of the body and from there create a masterpiece that would have been impossible to envision at the beginning or even the during the project.

Visit Kensington Gardens to experience how Henry Moore’s ‘The Arch’ interact with the seasons grip on the garden.

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Getting to Know Henry Moore

Henry Moore was born in 1898 to a large, poor family. He took an interest in art (sculpturing in particular) after teacher noticed his aptitude in this field and encouraged him to learn more.

His inspiration came from both his studies and his personal experiences. Moore studied in England, Italy and France it is evident in the diverse approaches used in his art. His personal background are a significant influence as well. The beauty of the English countryside (where he grew up) is portrayed in the curved, flowing lines commonly used in his art.

The darkness and death portrayed in many of his sculptures appears to emerge from the time he spent in the army; during this time, he went from being an ambitious young man who wanted to be a hero, to someone who despised war and the destruction it brought about. His family sculptures were inspired by his wife and only daughter.

Henry Moore used various creative methods in his sculptures and art. His earlier works reflect conventional styles of art while later works are semi-abstract in design. Even so, there are traces of both Victorian and direct carving styles in many of his works. Reclining sculptures soon became his passion and as many of these could be interpreted to be dead, his art became known for having a dark twist to it.

What Creatives can Learn from Henry Moore

Naturally, few creatives will want to imitate Henry Moore’s style, fewer still may be able to do so. Even so, there is much that any creative can learn from him. Following are three lessons that I have gained from Henry Moore’s life and art:

Draw on both studies and personal experience when creating art. Experience in particular infuses art with personality and passion to help stand out.

Never be afraid to experiment. Even as a famous artist, Henry Moore was not afraid of trying new methods, combining various methods and leaving ideas alone and then returning to them at a later date. Henry Moore explains “I sometimes begin a drawing with no preconceived problem to solve, with only the desire to use pencil on paper… but as my eye takes in what is so produced, a point arrives where some idea crystallizes, and then a control and ordering begins to take place.

Dedicate yourself to elevate your art and craft. In Henry Moore’s own words “The secret of life is to have a task, something you devote your entire life to, something you bring everything to, every minute of the day for the rest of your life. And the most important thing is, it must be something you cannot possibly do.”

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Henry Moore’s art is still popular today and it is not hard to see why. His combination of various styles, his appreciation of the human body and its weaknesses and strengths and the dark side of many of his sculptures have captured the interest of people from all over the world and continues to inspire creatives to reach past traditional boundaries and express themselves in new and different ways.