Henry Moore: From Past to Present
As a young boy, Henry Moore was able to discover the sculpture of the Middle Ages in churches near to where he lived in Yorkshire. He was also encouraged by his teachers to consider sculpture from the past. Later, as a student, he found the British Museum held some of the most revered art from different world cultures – these too became an inspiration that lasted all his life. He was aware of the work of his contemporaries such as Epstein and Gill, but it was perhaps the art of the past that gave birth to his well-known monumental works that are essentially ‘modern’ in appearance.
Juliet Heslewood studied History of Art at London University. For thirty years she lived in France where she became a lecturer on art and architecture in the Midi-Pyrenees area and gained a Masters degree in English Literature at Toulouse University. She has devised and led study tours in some seven areas of France. As a writer, she has published many books – folktales, fiction and art – and a History of Western Painting for Young People which was translated into twelve languages. Now returned to England she continues to write and hosts informal art history classes as well as lecturing widely for organisations including the Arts Society and the Ashmolean Museum. Her most recent book is Van Gogh: A Life in Places which led her to take part in the television series Art on the BBC.