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Henry Moore (1898-1986)

Marshall White Director, James Redfern has a keen interest in abstract art pieces and artists who have played a part in influencing the world of abstract modernism art. Here he explores the works of Henry Moore.

I was lucky enough to visit Henry Moore’s home and studio in Sussex a few years back. We are also fortunate to have some of his great sculptures here in Melbourne.

Moore was born in 1898 in Castleford, West Riding of Yorkshire, England, and passed away in 1986. He was best known for his semi abstract bronze sculptures but he also produced many drawings. He was fascinated by rock, shells and bones that would help him understand form, shape and his relationship with the country side or its environment.

Moore was a well known socialist and sold his work at a fraction of the price. ‘The draped seated woman’ is on display at the NGV at the Grimwade Gardens. There are several of these around the world but one was involved in a controversial sale – the London Borough of Tower Hamlets decided to sell the work of art originally given to the former London County Council on the understanding that it would be enjoyed by all in an open public space. An outcry followed with an open letter by numerous leading arts figures calling on the East London Council to abandon plans to sell it. Apparently, Moore’s art is worth up to £20,000,000.


About the Author
James Redfern, Marshall White Director

Renowned for his sense of integrity and sheer professionalism, James is one of the industry’s most innovative practitioners. As a director at Marshall White, he also heads-up our training program, passing on his accumulated knowledge to new generations of real estate practitioners.
View more about James here.

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