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Why is Henry Moore so unfashionable? Yes, his work was bombastic and unoriginal: but isn't that also true of today's best loved artists?

By Ben Lewis   October 2007

Few artists’ reputations have plummeted more dramatically than Henry Moore’s. In the decades after the second world war, he was regarded as one of the world’s greatest sculptors. “England has not for a very long time possessed a sculptor as inspired, independent and consistent,” Nikolaus Pevsner wrote in 1945. A few years later, Herbert Read said Moore was “the most inventive and experimental sculptor of his time.” By the 1960s, Moore was minted—he paid £1m a year income tax in the mid-1970s and lived on a huge Hertfordshire estate, Hoglands. He virtually invented the market for humongous outdoor sculptures—his reclining…

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