Amber (c.1876) by Albert Joseph Moore

Amber - Albert Joseph Moore - c.1876

Artwork Information

ArtistAlbert Joseph Moore
Art MovementAcademicism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Amber

The artwork titled “Amber” is an oil on canvas painting by the artist Albert Joseph Moore, dating from approximately 1876. This portrait is an exemplar of the Academicism art movement and, at present, is held in a private collection.

The artwork presents a full-length portrait of a woman poised in a statuesque stance. She is adorned in a classical, flowing gown that drapes elegantly over her figure, suggesting an air of grace and refinement indicative of Moore’s style. The tonality of the dress resembles the warm, translucent hues of its namesake, amber, which is further complemented by a delicate necklace that echoes the color of the gown and adds a touch of regality.

Her pose is serene and contemplative, as she gazes out beyond the viewer’s space, lending the portrait a sense of introspection. The surrounding setting features intricate floral-patterned drapery, adding a rich texture and depth to the background and providing a contrast to the simplicity of the figure’s attire. The woman’s gentle grasp on the fabric implies a quiet interaction with her environment, while her bare feet upon the adorned floor give a sense of groundedness amidst the luxurious surroundings.

The intricate detailing and craftsmanship in Amber are characteristic of the Academic art style, which valued beauty, skill, and an adherence to classical artistic standards. Moore’s work is often celebrated for its ethereal quality and for the artist’s sophisticated use of color and composition, qualities that are richly apparent in this particular work.

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