A Sleeping Girl (c.1875) by Albert Joseph Moore

A Sleeping Girl - Albert Joseph Moore - c.1875; United Kingdom

Artwork Information

TitleA Sleeping Girl
ArtistAlbert Joseph Moore
Datec.1875; United Kingdom
Dimensions308 x 225 cm
Art MovementAcademicism
Current LocationTate Modern, London, UK

About A Sleeping Girl

The artwork titled “A Sleeping Girl” was created by the artist Albert Joseph Moore around the year 1875 in the United Kingdom. It is an oil painting on canvas, measuring 308 by 225 centimeters, and exemplifies the Academicism movement. Classified as a genre painting, which depicts scenes of everyday life, this piece can be found housed at the Tate Modern in London, UK.

The artwork portrays a young woman in a state of repose, her body relaxed and draped across what appears to be a bench or a daybed. The composition and pose convey a gentle tranquillity, with the figure’s soft features and closed eyes emphasizing the deep peacefulness of sleep. She is adorned with a flower in her hair that matches the flowers in the nearby vase, red blossoms that stand out against the subdued palette of the painting.

Her attire is rendered with loose, flowing garments in hues of white and earthy olive, suggesting a certain classical or timeless quality in line with the Academic style. There’s a notable attention to the textural contrast between the soft fabrics of the dress and the hard surfaces upon which she rests, as well as to the play of light and shadow across the scene.

Much of the charm of the painting lies in its careful detail and the serene atmosphere it encapsulates, inviting viewers to reflect on the beauty of tranquillity and rest.

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