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Rare carvings revealed at new Henry Moore exhibition

Henry Moore during his work on the reclining figure. Credit: Henry Moore Archive: reproduced by permission of The Henry Moore Foundation.

A new exhibition celebrating the work of one of the East's most famous sculptors will open this week.

The collection of 30 rare pieces from Henry Moore will go on display from Friday at his former house in Much Hadham near Bishop's Stortford.

It will focus on his passion for carving and include never-before-seen footage of how he worked.

Primarily known for his outdoor bronze sculptures, the display shows his carvings in wood and stone and the impact they had on his work as an artist.

In his lifetime Henry Moore made over 900 sculptures, 7500 drawings and countless textiles and tapestries.

Henry Moore at work. Credit: Henry Moore Archive: reproduced by permission of The Henry Moore Foundation.

"There is a directness to carving which is absent from other methods to make sculpture.

"It's that relationship with the material; the fact the artist can start with a block of stone and finish with a sculpture without any intermediary stages and other people involved. That was very appealing to Moore and other artists of his generation."

– Sebastiano Barassi, Head of Collections and Exhibitions


Sculpture theft pair jailed for a year

Henry Moore's Sundial Credit: Henry Moore Foundation

Two men who stole art works by Henry Moore have been jailed.

Liam Hughes, 22, and Jason Parker, 19, pleaded guilty at St Albans Crown Court last month to stealing a sculpture called Sundial and the bronze plinth of another work from the grounds of the Henry Moore Foundation in Much Hadham, Herts.

The pair, both from Coltsfield, near Stansted in Essex. were both sentenced to a year in prisonParker will serve his sentence in a young offender institution.

Two charged over sculpture theft

Henry Moore's sundial Credit: Henry Moore Foundation

Two men have been charged with the theft of a sculpture taken from the former home of British artist Henry Moore.

Hertfordshire Police said Liam Hughes, 22, and 19-year-old Jason Parker had both been charged with stealing the sundial sculpture and a bronze plinth.

The sundial, created by Moore in 1965, was taken from the grounds of The Henry Moore Foundation in Much Hadham, Herts, overnight between July 10 and 11.

Hughes and Parker, both of Coltsfield, Stansted, Essex, have been bailed to appear before magistrates in Stevenage on August 3.

A third man, aged 22 and also from Stansted, has been released without charge.