The Life of Henry Moore
E.P. Dutton, 1987 - 465 pagine
In this revised, updated, expanded and redesigned new edition of The Life of Henry Moore, Roger Berthoud charts Moore's transition from controversial young modernist to pillar of the art-world establishments, garlanded with domestic and foreign honours. His account is enriched by the weekly interviews he did with Moore - and his wife Irina - before the sculptor's death in 1986, aged eighty-eight.
At home and abroad Moore's sculptures aroused strong passions and were often the object of abuse, sharp criticism and even physical assault, as well as of admiration. He was attacked by younger artists, among others, who saw his growing fame as an obstacle to their advancement. He was to survive the ebb and flow of his reputation, and emerge with the status of a contemporary old master.
From a mass of material, including recently discovered early letters, and interviews with Moore's friends, his former assistants and students, dealers, collectors, museum officials and leading architects with whom he worked, Roger Berthoud has built up a lively and engaging though not uncritical picture of Moore's long life and career in this definitive biography.
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Though it is dangerous to call any artist "the greatest," certain figures cry out for such appellations. In the 20th century, Picasso, through the force of his personality as well as his work, can bear the weight of "the greatest artist," and, as Berthoud amply demonstrates in this update to his 1987 biography, Henry Moore can be called "the greatest sculptor." Berthoud (Graham Sutherland: A Biography), an art writer and editor for numerous British publications, traces Moore's rise from Yorkshire miner's son to doyen of the international art world in extensive detail. Moore's life and art are both explored, and his relationships with his wife and daughter, friends, and patrons show the sculptor as a lively, always engaging, and occasionally prickly personality. The biography includes an extensive chronology of the activities of the Henry Moore Foundation since Moore's death in 1982. This greatly expanded and revised version of the 1987 edition is a necessary purchase for collections with an interest in 20th-century art. Highly recommended.-Martin R. Kalfatovic, Smithsonian Inst. Libs., Washington, DC ...
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