An Open Book (1884) by Albert Joseph Moore

An Open Book - Albert Joseph Moore - 1884

Artwork Information

TitleAn Open Book
ArtistAlbert Joseph Moore
MediumWatercolor on Paper
Dimensions42.2cm x 31.2cm
Art MovementAcademicism
Current LocationVictoria and Albert Museum
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About An Open Book

The artwork “An Open Book” by Albert Joseph Moore is an example of genre painting within the Academicism movement. The painting portrays a woman in a state of relaxed repose. She is seated but leans back in a casual, somewhat reclined position, her legs stretched out in front of her, and one foot bare, implying a sense of comfort and informality. She wears a long, flowing pink dress with a floral pattern, and her posture suggests that she is deeply immersed in her own thoughts or daydreams. The wall behind her features decorative patterns, and she appears to be positioned on a luxurious, draped fabric, contributing to the overall sense of an intimate and private moment captured in time.

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