Sunday, April 8, 2012

Moore, Albert Joseph

A Revery
oil on canvas
116.7 x 74.8 cm
Getty Center, Los Angeles, California

Albert Joseph Moore (1841 - 1893) was an English painter, known for his depictions of langorous female figures set against the luxury and decadence of the classical world. He was born in the city of York, the fourteenth child of a portrait painter, William Moore. In his childhood he showed an extraordinary love of art, and as he was encouraged in his tastes by his father and brothers, two of whom afterwards became famous as artists, John Collingham Moore and Henry Moore.

Renowned for his pictures of classically draped women harmoniously posed in decorative settings, he was a major exponent of late-19th-century Aestheticism, which cultivated formal beauty at the expense of moral or narrative content.
He worked with many well-known Pre-Raphaelite painters, including Whistler. With Whistler, he developed a special relationship, they worked together in a studio for some time. He died in 1893, at his studio in Spenser Street, Westminster.