ALBERT JOSEPH MOORE (4 September 1841 – 25 September 1893) was an English painter, known for his depictions of languorous female figures set against the luxury and decadence of the classical world.
* 1 Life * 2 Works * 3 References * 4 External links
A Garden Canaries Seagulls
Moore was born at
After his father's death in 1851, Moore owed much to the care and
tuition of his brother,
John Collingham Moore . In 1855, he came to
London and attended the Kensington grammar school till 1858, when he
became a student in the art school of the
His early works shows the influence of Ruskin . In 1859 he was in France with the architect William Eden Nesfield. In 1861, he made a new venture with two sacred subjects, The Mother of Sisera looked out of a Window, and Elijah running to Jezreel before Ahab's Chariot. Meanwhile, Moore had given signs of the remarkable skill which he afterwards displayed as a decorative artist. The 1860s saw Moore designing tiles, wallpaper and stained glass for Morris, Marshall, Faulkner and Co., and working as an ecclesiastic and domestic mural painter. During this period his works began to take on a markedly neo-classical character, Moore making an extensive study of antique sculpture, particularly the Elgin marbles in the British Museum. His concern for decorative, color harmonies became apparent in his paintings of the mid 1860s onwards. His works, typically single female figures with formalized proportions, neo-classical drapery and floral accessories, established a major strand of the Aesthetic Movement.
About 1860 he painted a ceiling at Shipley, followed by another at Croxteth Park , Lancashire. He spent the winter of 1862–3 in Rome with his brother John Collingham Moore. It was here that he painted Elijah's Sacrifice, (1863) which shows the influence of Ford Madox Brown and Edward Armitage. In 1863 he executed a wall painting for the kitchen of Combe Abbey for the Earl of Craven . Moore was a regular exhibitor at the Grosvenor Gallery from 1877 onwards.
In 1864, he exhibited at the
The chief charm of Moore's pictures lay in the delicate low tones of
the diaphanous, tissue-like garments in which the figures were draped.
The names attached to the pictures were generally suggested by the
completed work, and rarely represented any preconceived idea in the
artist's mind. Among them were such titles as A Painter's Tribute to
Music, Shells, The Reader, Dreamers, Battledore, Shuttlecock, Azaleas.
In so limited a sphere of art, Moore found his admirers among the few
true connoisseurs of art rather than among the general public. His
pictures were frequently sold off the easel before completion, but it
was not till late in his life that he obtained what maybe called
direct patronage. He executed other important decorative works, like
The Last Supper and some paintings for a church at
Moore was of an independent disposition, and relied solely on his own judgment in matters both social and artistic. His somewhat outspoken views proved a bar to his admission into the ranks of the Royal Academy, for which he was many years a candidate, and where his works were long a chief source of attraction.
Though suffering from a painful and incurable illness, Moore worked
up to the last, completing by sheer courage and determination an
important picture just before his death, which occurred on 25
September 1893, at 2 Spenser Street, Victoria Street,
Moore's work is now represented in many important public collections,
such as those of Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester, and elsewhere. An
exhibition of his works was held at the
Several of his pictures are now in public collections throughout the
United Kingdom and, in addition to those above, include Blossoms in
The Mother of Sisera looked out a Window
* The Quartette (1869)
* Seagulls (1871;
Williamson Art Gallery and Museum
Pomegranates, Albert Joseph Moore