Albert Moore

Blossoms

1881

On display at Tate Britain

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

Display caption

Moore came under the influence of Japanese art and ancient Greek sculpture in the 1860s as can be seen in the design and subtle colour of this work. Blossoms reflects both sources: the pose and rippled drapery of the single female figure are suggestive of an antique statue 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’.

Gallery label, November 2016

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