Albert Moore

The Toilette

1886

Artist
Albert Moore 1841–1893
Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 419 x 235 mm
frame: 673 x 486 x 75 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Bequeathed by W. Graham Robertson 1948
Reference
N05876

On loan to: York Art Gallery (York, UK)

Exhibition: Albert Moore. Of Beauty and Aesthetics

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Albert Moore was profoundly influenced by the Elgin Marbles and often used the ancient world as the setting for his pictures. He shared this interest with other Classical Revival artists, such as Lord Leighton and Lawrence Alma-Tadema.

But Moore was not interested in trying to recreate the classical world, or use it as the setting for a story. He intended his pictures to have no function other than as beautiful objects, a celebration of ‘art for art’s sake’. Languidly posed models, flowing Grecian robes, vases, fabrics and architectural details are all used to create a beautiful decorative scheme.

Gallery label, August 2004

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