The Henry Moore Foundation - Perry Green, Hertfordshire, UK
Posted by: Dragontree
N 51° 50.235 E 000° 05.181
31U E 299272 N 5746951
Quick Description: The Henry Moore Foundation is hidden away at Perry Green near Much Hadham in rural Hertfordshire.
Location: Eastern England, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 4/26/2011 11:23:53 AM
Waymark Code: WMBAEQ
In 1977 Henry Moore created the foundation to showcase sculpture and art so it could be appreciated by all. The garden includes Hoglands, Henry Moore's house, as well as his work. Henry and his wife Irina moved here in 1940 from London after their home there was damaged by the Blitz.
Irina died in 1989 and Hoglands was restored. The rooms display collections and paintings. The garden is planted to Irina's design with her passion for plants. Then found on the estate are many of Henry's sculptures.
Different studios consist of various objects. The Bourne Maquette Studio, Plastic Studio, Yellow Brick Studio, Sheep Field Barn Gallery and Aisled Barn show much of his work and lifetime achievements.
Also here on the estate is The Hoops Inn offering a fine-dining menu.
Sculpture on show in the garden include:
Working Model for Sundial (1965),
Knife Edge Two Piece (1962-65),
Locking Piece (1963-64),
Figure in a Shelter (1983),
Large Standing Figure: Knife Edge (1976),
Three Piece Sculpture: Vertebrae (1968),
Reclining Figure (1982),
Upright Motive No. 5 (1955-56),
Upright Motive No. 7 (1955-56),
Upright Motive No. 8 (1955-56),
The Arch (1969),
Large Reclining Figure (1984),
Sheep Piece (1971-72),
Large Upright Internal/External Form (1981-82),
Three Piece Reclining Figure: Bridge Prop (1963),
The Wall: Background for Sculpture (1962),
Goslar Warrior (1973-74),
Torso with Point (1967),
Family Group (1948-49),
Double Oval (1966),
Large Interior Form (1953-54),
Large Figure in a Shelter (1985-86),
Working Model for Oval with Points (1968-69) and
Square Form with Cut (1969)
This snippet from Wikipedia describes Henry Moore:
'Henry Spencer Moore OM CH FBA (30 July 1898 – 31 August 1986) was an English sculptor and artist. He was best known for his abstract monumental bronze sculptures which are located around the world as public works of art.
His forms are usually abstractions of the human figure, typically depicting mother-and-child or reclining figures. Moore's works are usually suggestive of the female body, apart from a phase in the 1950s when he sculpted family groups. His forms are generally pierced or contain hollow spaces. Many interpreters liken the undulating form of his reclining figures to the landscape and hills of his birthplace, Yorkshire.
Moore was born in Castleford, the son of a mining engineer. He became well-known through his larger-scale abstract cast bronze and carved marble sculptures, and was instrumental in introducing a particular form of modernism to the United Kingdom. His ability in later life to fulfill large-scale commissions made him exceptionally wealthy. Yet he lived frugally and most of the money he earned went towards endowing the Henry Moore Foundation, which continues to support education and promotion of the arts.'
Garden Name: The Henry Moore Foundation
Owner/Commissioner of Garden: Henry Moore
Location: Perry Green
The Henry Moore Foundation
Much Hadham, Hertfordshire United Kingdom
Hours: Friday 1st April to Sunday 30th October 2011 - Tuesday to Friday 1-5pm, Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays 10am-5pm (closed Tuesday after BH)
Garden Website: [Web Link]
Parking Coordinates: N 51° 50.188 W 000° 05.283
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