A Study in Yellow (c.1880) by Albert Joseph Moore

A Study in Yellow - Albert Joseph Moore - c.1880

Artwork Information

TitleA Study in Yellow
ArtistAlbert Joseph Moore
Dimensions12.7 x 38.1 cm
Art MovementAcademicism
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About A Study in Yellow

“A Study in Yellow” is a work of art by Albert Joseph Moore, created around 1880 in the United Kingdom. This oil on panel painting belongs to the Academicism art movement and measures approximately 12.7 x 38.1 cm. It falls under the genre of portrait.

The painting features a standing figure, which appears to be a young woman draped in a flowing yellow garment, embodying the title’s reference to the color yellow. The gown is cinched at the waist with a red belt that matches her headwear—a red hat that adds a striking contrast to the yellow of her dress. The texture and folds of the fabric are rendered in detail, emphasizing the academic approach to fine art during the period of Academicism.

The figure’s pose is demure and introspective, with her arms crossed and one hand gently placed upon her opposite arm. Her gaze is directed downward, suggesting a moment of contemplation or perhaps modesty. Around her, there is a suggestion of a garden setting, as seen by the presence of green leaves and red flowers, although these elements are not in sharp focus, allowing the viewer’s attention to remain on the figure herself.

At her feet, the floor is patterned with red, white, and muted tones, providing a harmonious base for the figure and complementing the overall color scheme. The color palette, dominated by yellow and accented by red and green, creates a vibrant yet serene atmosphere. The artwork captures the essence of Academicism with its emphasis on classical beauty, precise technique, and a polished finish.

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