2 of 86 portraits of Henry Moore
by Yousuf Karsh
bromide print, 1949
39 in. x 29 1/2 in. (990 mm x 749 mm)
Given by Yousuf Karsh, 1984
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- Henry Moore (1898-1986), Sculptor. Sitter associated with 86 portraits, Artist of 1 portrait.
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- Yousuf Karsh (1908-2002), Photographer. Artist associated with 155 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
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The work of Henry Moore, the major British sculptor of the twentieth century, was largely based on the human form, and ranged from large-scale public commissions to small bronzes. He is also known for his air-raid shelter drawings made during the Second World War. For this portrait, Karsh photographed Moore in his studio at Hoglands, his home in Perry Green, Hertfordshire. In the background is the full-size plaster mould for his Family Group (1948-9), the first of his large works to be conceived as a bronze instead of being directly carved from the material.