Azaleas (c.1868) by Albert Joseph Moore

Azaleas - Albert Joseph Moore - c.1868; United Kingdom

Artwork Information

TitleAzaleas
ArtistAlbert Joseph Moore
Datec.1868; United Kingdom
Mediumoil,canvas
Dimensions100.2 x 197.9 cm
Art MovementAcademicism
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About Azaleas

The artwork “Azaleas” by Albert Joseph Moore is a genre painting dating from around 1868. Originating from the United Kingdom, it exemplifies Academicism and was created using oil on canvas. The dimensions of the work are considerable, measuring 100.2 cm in height and 197.9 cm in width, which suggests it is a large-format piece likely intended for a significant visual impact in its original setting.

The painting depicts a graceful female figure clad in a flowing, classical yellow garment, exuding an ethereal beauty reminiscent of Greek goddesses. She appears to be standing amidst a profusion of azalea blossoms, touching the delicate flowers with her left hand while she holds a bowl filled with azalea petals in her right. Her gentle interaction with the flowers creates a tranquil and contemplative mood.

The background is dominated by a soft, densely packed array of white azalea blooms, which almost seem to envelop the figure, giving the scene a dreamlike quality. The figure’s attire and pose suggest classical inspiration and align perfectly with the Academic art movement’s penchant for precision, idealized nature, and historical or mythological themes.

A decorative vase stands beside her, contributing to the overall feeling of classical antiquity, while the detail and texture of the clothing and blossoms showcase Moore’s skillful technique. The use of light and shadow, the subtle variations in the white of the flowers, and the intricate patterning on the vase reflect the artist’s meticulous approach representative of the period’s academic painters.

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