Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Collaborative Looking: Henry Moore

Title: "The Artist's Hand V"
Artist: Henry Moore
Date: 1979
Medium: ink on paper

Purpose:
To work together in small groups to gather information about artists and to analyze and interpret their work.

Henry Moore (1898-1986) was born and lived in Castleford, a small town in Yorkshire, northern England. He was a teacher and served in the British army before he became interested in art. He attended the Leeds School of Art, and the College of Art in London. His artwork mainly consisted of sculptures, drawing, prints and textiles. He was a pioneer of modern sculpture in Britain and and received commissions from all over the world.

Moore was originally a teacher but he went to art school after World War One instead of continuing his art career. Many of the statues that he studied as an art student ended up influencing his style of sculpture, though he also drew pictures depicting life in World War Two. When he died in 1986, after a very successful career in both sculpting and drawing, he was buried in the Artist’s Corner of St. Paul’s Cathedral.

Henry Moore's style of artwork is a controlled mess. He tends to use a lot of contained scribbles and cross hatching, this gives his artwork a chaotic feel. Many of his pieces have a very dark and unsettling impression. I think the cause of this style is his idea of contrasting.

We like Henry Moore’s style of art. The way that he uses lots of small lines to create realistic looking images is very interesting. When it comes to shading, he manages to create a very good sense of light and dark. All of the small lines make the images looking almost chaotic, but it’s still clear what his subject was for the drawings.  Because we don’t see his style of art very often it is a refreshingly unique take on realistic art.

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