Dreamers (1882) by Albert Joseph Moore

Dreamers - Albert Joseph Moore - 1882

Artwork Information

ArtistAlbert Joseph Moore
Dimensions119 x 69 cm
Art MovementAcademicism
Current LocationBirmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham, UK
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About Dreamers

The painting “Dreamers” by Albert Joseph Moore is an oil on canvas piece completed in 1882 and is part of the academicism art movement. With dimensions of 119 x 69 cm, this genre painting can be found in the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery located in Birmingham, UK.

In “Dreamers,” Moore depicts three figures draped in flowing, golden robes, set against a background rich with ornate decorative details. Each figure adopts a different pose suggestive of sleep or reverie, creating a palpable sense of tranquility and reflection. The first and second figures from the left appear to be in deep sleep, with their heads resting comfortably and eyes closed; the third figure from the left holds a fan loosely and looks contemplatively towards the viewer, giving a sense of wakefulness amidst slumber.

The garments and backdrop exhibit a meticulous attention to texture, pattern, and the play of light on fabric, which is characteristic of Moore’s works. The painting exudes a sense of peacefulness and delicate beauty, inviting the viewer to contemplate the quiet and introspective moments it captures. The figures’ expressions and the overall atmosphere contribute to the dream-like quality implied by the title. Moore’s art often focused on the beauty of form and color, rather than narrative content, and this painting exemplifies such an aesthetic preference.

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