A Reverie (1892) by Albert Joseph Moore

A Reverie - Albert Joseph Moore - 1892

Artwork Information

TitleA Reverie
ArtistAlbert Joseph Moore
Dimensions74.8 x 116.7 cm
Art MovementAcademicism

About A Reverie

“A Reverie,” an artwork created by Albert Joseph Moore in 1892, is an oil on canvas portrait that represents the academicism movement. It has dimensions of 74.8 x 116.7 cm. This classic work exemplifies the artist’s focus on beauty and precision, common to the period’s art standards.

The artwork depicts a woman in a luxurious, classical robe reclining on an ornate chair. The rich golden-yellow fabric of her gown drapes elegantly across her figure and spills onto the floor, suggesting both opulence and classical grace. She holds a fan in her right hand, which mirrors her relaxed and thoughtful demeanor. She appears serene and introspective, perhaps engaged in a daydream, aptly reflecting the piece’s title, “A Reverie.”

The backdrop features a highly detailed and textured floral pattern that complements the subject’s attire, indicative of a keen attention to detail and the ornamental style associated with the academic art of Moore’s time. The woman’s attire and posture, combined with the intricate background and the soft, warm color palette, imbue the artwork with a timeless quality that transcends its own era.

A small vase of flowers, placed on the floor near her feet, adds a touch of nature to the composition, reinforcing the theme of relaxed luxury and contemplation. The meticulous rendering of textures, from the fabric of the gown to the details of the flowers and the wall tapestry, showcases Moore’s skill in creating a harmonious and aesthetically pleasing portrait that celebrates the ideal of beauty.

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