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Anthony Caro (1924 -2013)

Anthony Caro is considered Britain’s foremost sculptor, producing work of power and often on a massive scale. Born in Surrey, Caro was educated at Charterhouse School and Christ’s College, Cambridge. He attended Farnham School of Art during vacations and worked in the studio of the sculptor Charles Wheeler RA. He went on to study sculpture at the Royal Academy Schools in London where he was taught by F.E. McWilliam, Maurice Lambert and others. He later moved to Much Hadham to work as a part-time assistant to Henry Moore but, he took a different direction almost opposed to Moore, working directly in steel or bronze which was then painted in single strong colours. The materials used in Caro’s large scale, abstract sculpture also include lead, silver, stone, wood or paper. His smaller, table top sculpture is also in the abstract mode. Caro’s success in uniting sculpture and architecture is unparalleled. Awards and prizes include the Praemium Imperiale for Sculpture, Tokyo 1992 and the Lifetime Achievement Award for Contemporary Sculpture, 1997. Caro holds honorary degrees from universities in the UK, USA and Europe. He was awarded the CBE in 1969, knighted in 1987 and received the Order of Merit in May 2000.