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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