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Henry Moore Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

British, 1898-1986

Henry Spencer Moore OM CH FBA was an English artist. He is best known for his semi-abstract monumental bronze sculptures, which are located around the world as public works of art. As well as sculpture, Moore produced many drawings, including a series depicting Londoners sheltering from the Blitz during the Second World War, along with other prints and graphic works on paper.

His forms are usually abstractions of the human figure, typically depicting mother-and-child or reclining figures. Moore's works are usually suggestive of the female body, apart from a phase in the 1950s when he sculpted family groups. His forms are generally pierced or contain hollow spaces. Many interpreters liken the undulating form of his reclining figures to the landscape and hills of his Yorkshire birthplace.

Moore 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. His ability in later life to fulfil large-scale commissions made him exceptionally wealthy. Despite this, he lived frugally; most of the money he earned went toward endowing the Henry Moore Foundation, which continues to support education and promotion of the arts.

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Artist: Henry Moore
Seated Mother and Child, 1 (executed 1982)
By Henry Moore
Located in Belgravia, London, London
Charcoal and gouache on paper Paper size: 9x 11.5 inches Framed size: 23.5 x 25.75 inches Signed lower right Provenance: Raymond Spencer Co.; Galerie Dominion, Montreal, 1982; Dr Max Stern, Montreal, 1982; Leslie Sacks Fine Art, Los Angeles; Purchased by Haynes Fine Art...
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20th Century Abstract Henry Moore Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Paper, Charcoal, Gouache

Sculpture Motives
By Henry Moore
Located in Palm Desert, CA
A drawing by Henry Moore. "Sculpture Motives" is a semi-abstract, figurative drawing, ink, watercolor, and wax crayon on paper in beige, white, and black platte by British modern art...
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Mid-20th Century Modern Henry Moore Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Wax Crayon, Ink, Watercolor

Reclining Figures
By Henry Moore
Located in London, GB
Henry Moore Reclining Figures 1940 Chalk, pen and watercolour on paper 25.4 x 43.2 cms (10 x 17 ins) HM15852 Provenance: Willard Gallery, New York Private Collection, New York, ac...
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1940s Modern Henry Moore Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Color Pencil, Watercolor

Study of Madonna & Child - 20th Century, Wash & pencil on paper by Henry Moore
By Henry Moore
Located in London, GB
Signed lower right Provenance: The Artist By whom gifted to Duncan Guthrie, 1952 Private Collection, UK Reference: HMF 2186b This drawing is one of the preparatory studies...
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1940s Modern Henry Moore Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Watercolor, Wax, Pencil

Standing and Seated Figures - 20th Century, Crayon & ink on paper by Henry Moore
By Henry Moore
Located in London, GB
Coloured crayon, ink and pencil Signed lower right The Henry Moore Foundation has suggested a date of 1948 for the drawing and that it originally was part of the 1947-49 sketchbook ...
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1940s Modern Henry Moore Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Ink, Crayon, Pencil

Fourteen Ideas for Sculpture - 20th Century, Watercolour on paper by Henry Moore
By Henry Moore
Located in London, GB
Pencil, wax crayon, watercolour wash, pen and ink, crayon on cream medium weight wove Signed with pen and ink lower left 'Moore/39'
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1930s Modern Henry Moore Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Crayon, Ink, Watercolor, Pencil

Ideas for Sculpture
By Henry Moore
Located in London, GB
Signed lower right and inscribed verso
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1940s Modern Henry Moore Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Pencil, Watercolor, Crayon

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Find a wide variety of authentic Henry Moore drawings and watercolor paintings available for sale on 1stDibs. You can also browse by medium to find art by Henry Moore in paint, watercolor, pencil and more. Much of the original work by this artist or collective was created during the 20th century and is mostly associated with the modern style. Not every interior allows for large Henry Moore drawings and watercolor paintings, so small editions measuring 7 inches across are available. Customers who are interested in this artist might also find the work of Emil Bisttram, Erhard Klepper, and Rosemary Ellis. Henry Moore drawings and watercolor paintings prices can differ depending upon medium, time period and other attributes. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $19,000 and tops out at $309,701, while the average work can sell for $58,812.
Questions About Henry Moore Drawings and Watercolor Paintings
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Henry Moore’s sculptures often represented the connection between the human body and landscapes. The underlying meaning is that humanity is shared with the natural world, and many of his large-scale sculptures were created to compliment the outdoor landscape where they were placed. You’ll find a selection of Henry Moore sculptures and sketches on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMay 30, 2024
    Henry Moore drew hands to symbolize the passage of time. His series of drawings depicting his own hands in old age and other elderly people's hands were meant to represent the effects of work and living on the human body. Much of Moore's work reflected on the human form, including his large bronze sculptures. Explore a diverse assortment of Henry Moore art on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertJune 6, 2024
    Henry Moore's style of art was modern. He is best known for his monumental bronze sculptures, which are installed around the world, often as public art. He used abstract forms of the human body, typically depicting mother-and-child or reclining figures. His more abstract forms are generally pierced or contain hollow spaces. Many critics have likened the undulating shapes of his reclining figures to the landscape and hills of his Yorkshire birthplace. On 1stDibs, find an assortment of Henry Moore art.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 13, 2024
    Henry Moore drew sheep for a few reasons. The British artist thought sheep were peaceful and found watching them graze to be relaxing. He also liked how they stood out against the landscape due to their coloring, likening it to the way a statue draws the eye away from the rest of its surroundings. On 1stDibs, find a diverse assortment of Henry Moore art.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 26, 2024
    Henry Moore created sculptures for a few reasons. Born in Castleford, Yorkshire, in 1898, he had an early interest in being a sculptor, and in 1921, he was awarded a scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Art in London. As he would explain, this is where he was particularly inspired to pursue his sculpting practice: “Even when I was a student I was totally preoccupied by sculpture in its full spatial richness, and if I spent a lot of time at the British Museum in those days, it was because so much of the primitive sculpture there was distinguished by complete cylindrical realization.” He also had an interest in exploring how the human body connected to landscapes. He often produced works with specific locations in mind, considering how his figures would relate to the space around them. His forms are usually abstractions of the human body, typically depicting mother-and-child or reclining figures, and are often pierced or contain hollow spaces. Many interpreters liken the undulating form of his reclining figures to the landscape and hills of his Yorkshire birthplace. On 1stDibs, shop a variety of Henry Moore art.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Henry Moore frequently used the wax resist process in his drawings, which involved sketching the forms in wax crayon and coating the drawing with a wash of gray watercolor. He then went in with black ink, gray and black crayons and white watercolor. Find a selection of Henry Moore artwork from top art dealers around the world on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMay 3, 2024
    Opinions vary as to what Henry Moore's most famous piece is. Since the British artist's semi-abstract monumental bronze sculptures are often public works of art, many have become well known. Among them are Reclining Figure: Festival (1951), Harlow Family Group (1954-5), Helmet Head No. 4: Interior/Exterior (1963), The Arch (1963-69) and Mother and Child (1983). On 1stDibs, find a variety of Henry Moore art.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Henry Moore moved to London to study art and often visited the British Museum where he was inspired by ancient sculptures from Egypt, Africa and Mexico. His sculptures have a semi-abstract nature, but he often dabbled in other styles of art. Moore even created his own form of modernism with an eye toward the abstract. On 1stDibs, find a variety of original artwork from top artists.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Henry Moore used holes in his sculptures to create the illusion that his work was growing from an empty center. His sculptures Oval with Points and Double Oval are two examples of the technique. You'll find a selection of Henry Moore art on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Henry Moore was a prolific artist and it’s difficult to pinpoint exactly how many pieces of art he created. The Henry Moore Foundation lists that their online catalogue of his works currently features more than 11,000 sculptures, drawings, tapestries, textiles and graphics. That’s a significant number indeed and does not represent all of his contributions to the art world. On 1stDibs, find a variety of original artwork from top artists.

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