A Musician (c.1867) by Albert Joseph Moore

A Musician - Albert Joseph Moore - c.1867

Artwork Information

TitleA Musician
ArtistAlbert Joseph Moore
Dimensions38.7 x 28.6 cm
Art MovementAcademicism
Current LocationYale Centre For British Art (Yale University), New Haven, CT, US
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About A Musician

The image depicts an artwork titled “A Musician” by the artist Albert Joseph Moore, dated around 1867. This painting, done in oil on canvas, belongs to the Academicism movement and falls under the genre painting category. Its dimensions are 38.7 x 28.6 cm. It can be found at the Yale Centre for British Art, which is part of Yale University, located in New Haven, CT, US.

In the scene, there are three figures presented in what appears to be a classical setting, reminiscent of ancient Greece or Rome. On the left, a male figure wearing a yellow robe is focused on playing a stringed instrument that looks like a lyre or kithara, instruments commonly associated with the music of that era. His posture and attention suggest that he is deeply engaged in his music.

Next to him, two female figures draped in classical garments are sitting closely together. The woman on the right is also wearing a yellow robe, similar in color to the musician’s, while the one on the left is in white, with a pink drape. The woman in yellow has her arm around the other, who seems to be in a restful or reflective pose, possibly listening intently to the music. The interaction and proximity between the two women convey a sense of intimacy and mutual affection.

The background features a classical frieze, with decorative motifs and a couple of leaves visible at the top corners, which adds to the antique atmosphere. The whole composition is rendered with a soft, delicate touch and a harmonious, muted palette that suggests an emphasis on beauty and serenity, characteristic of Moore’s refined aesthetic and the Academic art style.

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