Albert Moore Blossoms 1881

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Artist
Albert Moore 1841–1893
Title
Blossoms
Date 1881
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 1473 x 464 mm
frame: 1710 x 710 x 100 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by Sir Henry Tate 1894
Reference
N01549
On display at Tate Britain
Room: 1840

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Moore and his friend Whistler began to take an interest in Japanese prints in the 1860s. These profoundly influenced both artists, who set out to imitate their decorative design and subtle colouring. In addition, Moore’s admiration of ancient Greek sculpture is evident in his fascination with the rippled fabric of classical robes.Blossoms reflects these interests: the pose of the single female figure is like antique statues of Venus, while the delicate colouring and decorative background of flowers is an exercise in ‘Japonisme’. It is also a celebration of female beauty and of ‘art for art’s sake’.

July 2007

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