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
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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 that adheres to the aesthetic principles of Academicism. The painting measures 308 by 225 cm and can be classified as a genre painting. It is currently housed at the Tate Modern in London, UK.

In this delicately rendered painting, we observe a young woman in a state of repose, likely asleep, with her head resting on a blue, cushioned bench. She wears a flowing, semi-transparent white dress with olive-green drapery cascading over her body, displaying the intricate attention to fabric and texture that was typical of Moore’s work. A red flower adds a touch of color in her loosely styled hair, and a simple necklace adorns her neck.

The composition of the artwork displays Moore’s finesse in creating harmony through color, form, and intricate details. Notably, the positioning of the figure adds a gentle curvature to the otherwise structured arrangement of elements. A vase with a red flower sits in the foreground, echoing the floral motif found in her hair, thereby creating a visual connection within the artwork. The flower’s vibrant color also provides a contrast to the otherwise muted tones of the painting. The background features a dark hue, perhaps indicating a window or dark wall behind, adorned with visible floral patterns that help to frame the scene, adding depth and an additional layer of texture to this tranquil and beautifully stylized depiction of serenity and grace.

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