An Idyll (1893) by Albert Joseph Moore

An Idyll - Albert Joseph Moore - 1893

Artwork Information

TitleAn Idyll
ArtistAlbert Joseph Moore
Art MovementAcademicism
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About An Idyll

“An Idyll” is a genre painting by Albert Joseph Moore, created in 1893 in the United Kingdom. It is an oil painting on canvas that belongs to the Academicism movement, which emphasized the strict adherence to traditional rules and the realistic portrayal of subjects.

The artwork depicts a tranquil scene featuring two figures sitting closely together against a rich, verdant garden backdrop. They are dressed in flowing classical garments, suggesting an idealized ancient or timeless setting. Both figures appear to be young women; the one on the left is seen in profile with her head leaning on her raised knees, seemingly lost in thought or enjoying a moment of peaceful contemplation. Her hair is a golden color, artistically matching the hues of her dress and the flowers around her. The figure on the right, with auburn locks gathered up, is gently resting her head upon the back of her companion, and her gaze is directed towards the ground. Their pose suggests a sense of intimacy and comfort in each other’s presence.

The scenery is lush and ornate, filled with a variety of flowers that bloom around the stone bench on which they are seated, contributing to a sense of serenity. The meticulous detail with which the flowers, foliage, and drapery are rendered attests to the artistic discipline of Academicism. The overall effect is one of timeless beauty and quietude, inviting the viewer to pause and appreciate the idyllic moment captured by the artist.

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