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Moore to see at Hatfield House

PUBLISHED: 13:29 25 May 2011 | UPDATED: 19:27 20 February 2013

Moore to see at Hatfield House

Moore to see at Hatfield House

As part of its 400th anniversary celebrations this year, Hatfield House has opened its gardens up to a major exhibition of outdoor sculpture by British artist Henry Moore...

AS part of its 400th anniversary celebrations this year, Hatfield House has opened its gardens up to a major exhibition of outdoor sculpture by British artist Henry Moore.


The exhibition, the largest of the artists work ever held at an English historic house, features monumental works from the collection of The Henry Moore Foundation, which is based at Perry Green.


The work of Henry Spencer Moore OM CH FBA (1898-1986) is acclaimed and admired around the world. Following in the footsteps of sculptors Epstein and Brancusi, Moore rejected the established academic practices and classical traditions of sculpture and instead insisted on direct carvings and truth to materials. Taking inspiration from non-western works that he saw in museums, signature motifs of the reclining figure and mother and child permeated his work.


Although he worked in the open air throughout his career, Moore was already 50 and at the peak of his production when he began creating sculpture intended to be sited in the landscape. Sculpture is an art of the open air . . . I would rather have a piece of my sculpture put in a landscape, almost any landscape, than in or on the most beautiful building in the world.


Moore at Hatfield presents a unique opportunity to explore Moores intentions, and witness how the ever-changing landscape both inspires and combines with the beauty of his radical new forms.


The exhibition opens on April 23 and runs until September 30. 01707 287010 www.hatfield-house.co.uk

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