MOORE, HENRY. (1898-1986). English sculptor. ALS. (“Henry Moore”). 1p. 12mo. Hoglands, May 6, 1975. On his personal stationery. To American filmmaker ARTHUR H. WOLF (1917-2002).
“I am very pleased that you wish to purchase the small maquette of the large ‘Sheep piece’ – which is 2/7 (of an edition of 7.) I am sure that the work you have put in during the last two days (& previously) will produce a very good film & I look forward to seeing the final result…”
Though influenced by classical sculpture Moore, from the beginning of his career, created non-traditional works that were initially rejected by the mainstream art world. In the late 1920s, his abstract sculpture captured the public’s interest and he was awarded commissions, gallery shows and a teaching post. During the late 1950s Moore began to concentrate on larger works designed to be viewed outdoors and for which he became known throughout the world. One such example is Moore’s sculpture Lincoln Center Reclining Figure, commissioned in 1963 and installed in New York’s Lincoln Center’s reflecting pool between the Vivian Beaumont Theater and Avery Fisher Hall.