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Henry Moore discusses his life and work

Year: 1974, 56 mins
Code: CAT-Hen

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Profile of the life and work of sculptor Henry Moore, 77 at the time of filming. The artist speaks at length about the forces that drove him throughout his life. Major scenes include a visit to his sheep farm in England and to his studio with the many materials used in his sculpture. This series also includes footage shot in Toronto at the opening of the Henry Moore Center, full of gifts from the artist to the museum. Interview sections are with his long-time friend the writer and lecturer Rosamond Bernier.

He speaks of his career, other artists, his childhood as a miner's son, his first one-man show half a century ago, his aesthetic and the differences between painting and sculpture. "A painting can give you illusion of distance, but sculpture, as you walk around it, completes in you an idea." He shows and describes his drawings made in the underground bomb shelters in London when England was being attacked by the Germans in World War Two.
He talks of his study of the drawings of the masters, his collection of primitive art as well as the art of France, Greece, etc. "There's no retirement for an artist", says Moore, "it's your way of living so there's no end to it." "If it's really a work of art, then you can continue to discover things about it." "I've always loved drawings" he says, "when you draw you look much more intensely at something" as he shows his sketch books on coal miners and sheep. "I learned to use blackness as a base, instead of whiteness."

John Musilli is a film director and has been nomitated for a Primetime Emmy Award.

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