I was trying to paint a picture today, but seems the color i was using was just a pigment of my imagination...

 

All that are just facts, which I usually try to avoid in these articles, but in this case it is important to understand the roots of Moore and why his work developed during the years in the way it did. He was a scholar and an artist, an intelligent well informed artist with a strong classical base.

 

 

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Henry Moore - The Sculpture sense

 
All art is an abstraction to some degree. "
 

Henry Moore decided he was going to be a sculptor when he was just eleven years old, after seeing photos of Michelangelo's work, and thanks to a good art teacher managed to keep the dream alive even when he was sent to fight in world war I. On his return he used the discharge grant to continue his studies of sculpture and art and later got a scholarship to the royal college of art.

In the years that followed he managed to get closer to his dream subject and spent a wonderful period in Italy studying the works of the old masters.

 
To know one thing, you must know the opposite."
 

All that are just facts, which I usually try to avoid in these articles, but in this case it is important to understand the roots of Moore and why his work developed during the years in the way it did. He was a scholar and an artist, an intelligent well informed artist with a strong classical base.

This is something that personally I appreciate in a modern artist, with Picasso being the best example – first know how to do things right, then learn how to do things your way. Henry Moore used his education to find his own way, and what wonderful way that was.

Discipline in art is a fundamental struggle to understand oneself, as much as to understand what one is drawing. "
 
It was relatively late in life that Moore started to really experiment with abstract forms, and was influenced, like many other artist of the thirties by primitive art,  playing not only with new forms and ideas but also with new techniques, that would later bring him the fame he deserved, as they were an opening for the production of art works on a much bigger scale, and flexibility of location and fabrication.
 
The distinguishing quality of most primitive art is the intense vitality which it possesses, because it has been made by a people in close touch with life, who felt simply and strongly, and whose art was a means of expressing vitally important beliefs, hopes and fears."
 

One of the best anecdotes about Moore, or at least my favorite was the fact he rejected the knighthood that was offered to him in the fifties. Because "such a title might tend to cut me off from fellow artists whose work has aims similar to mine".

He was an artist, in the true sense of the word, and all the rest was just not that important. The creative habit is like a drug. The particular obsession changes, but the excitement, the thrill of your creation lasts and this was the only thing that was important.

As a child I used to play on, in, and around one of his sculptures that is placed in front of the Tel-Aviv museum and right in front of the municipal library.I spent many happy hours in these three points of interest, which were walking distance from my house.
 
The first hole made through a piece of stone is a revelation
 
When I think of Moore's work, the first think that jumps to mind is the work he did in the sixties, heavy chubby rounded pebble-like figures which are incredibly human without having any human resemblance, as if he managed to capture the human spirit and inject it into a volume, into a confined metal balloon that by the simple use of curves and holes, said it all , and in a clear simple way. Like only really good art does.
 
Art is not to do with the practical side of making a living. It's to live a fuller human life.
 

Moore was a prolific creator, who left us the signs of his progress in different styles, different sizes, different materials and techniques, and as such a prolific artist, and being able to complete big scale commissions on time and in budget, something extremely rare in the art world, he gained a small fortune, which he left to the Moore foundation for art education. Told you he was a good guy.

 
Henry moore 1 http://youtu.be/9AHF2EPxZ6A
Henry moore 2 http://youtu.be/l6t4xXm3ry4
Henry moore 3 http://youtu.be/2Mpa-0btytY