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Vitality and power of expression
by henry moore

For me a work must have a vitality of its own. I do not mean a reflection of the vitality of life, of movement, physical action, frisking, dancing figures and so on, but that a work can have in it a pent-up energy, an intense life of its own, independent of the object it may represent. When a work has this powerful vitality we do not connect the world. Beauty with it.



Beauty, in a later Greek and Renaissance sense, is not the aim of my sculpture.

Between beauty of expression and power of expression there is a difference of function. The first aims at pleasing the senses, the second has a spiritual vitality which for me is more moving and goes deeper for the senses.


介於表達的美與力量之間,有不同的功能。第一是愉悅的感知,第二是精神的活力(spiritual vitaliy),而第二項對我來說是更深層且讓人感動的。

Because a work does not aim at reproducing natural appearance it is not, therefore, an escape from life – but may be a penetration in to reality, not a sedative or drug, not just the exercise of good taste, the provision of pleasant shapes and colors in a pleasing combination, not a decoration of life, but an expression of significance of life, a stimulation to a greater effort in living.

因為一件作品並不是以再造自然的外表為目的,因此逃離生命-但或許是更接近現實,不是鎮定或麻醉藥,不只是好品味的訓練,在一個愉悅的組合物(pleasing combination)中供應愉悅的形狀、顏色,但不是生命的裝飾,而是表達生命的意義及重要性,對於生活努力不懈的刺激。

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