Reclining Model (c.1873) by Albert Joseph Moore

Reclining Model - Albert Joseph Moore - c.1873; United Kingdom

Artwork Information

TitleReclining Model
ArtistAlbert Joseph Moore
Datec.1873; United Kingdom
Dimensions47.8 x 29.8 cm
Art MovementAcademicism
Current LocationClark Art Institute, Williamstown, MA, US

About Reclining Model

“Reclining Model” is a genre painting by Albert Joseph Moore, created circa 1873 in the United Kingdom. The artwork is executed in oil on canvas, adhering to the principles of Academicism, a movement known for its rigorous formality and adherence to traditional artistic standards. Measuring 47.8 cm by 29.8 cm, this painting is part of the collection at the Clark Art Institute located in Williamstown, Massachusetts, United States.

The artwork captures a serene and intimate moment, depicting a model in a state of repose. The figure lies gracefully on a chaise lounge, her body draped in a diaphanous peach-hued gown that subtly follows the contours of her form. Her left arm is extended behind her head, contributing to the sense of relaxation and languidness that permeates the scene. The model’s head rests comfortably on a richly textured pillow, and her eyes appear closed, suggesting she may be asleep or simply enjoying a moment of tranquil rest.

Surrounding the model, the artist has carefully constructed a space filled with textures and colors that enhance the sense of calm. To the left of the reclining figure, a translucent curtain is depicted, its opulent red and orange tones contrasting with the cool blues of the couch and walls. The careful rendering of the curtain’s fabric showcases Moore’s attention to detail and his commitment to the aesthetic ideals embraced by the Academic art movement.

On the right, a vase with a delicate floral pattern houses an exotic-looking plant, which brings a touch of the natural world into the indoor setting. Below the vase, a small bouquet of flowers in a glass vessel adds a touch of vibrancy to the composition. These elements not only offer an insight into the decorative tastes of the era but also communicate a sense of refined elegance that was often sought after in genre paintings of this style.

Overall, “Reclining Model” epitomizes Moore’s stylistic inclinations, harmonizing meticulous detail with compositional grace. It is a work that conveys a timeless appreciation for beauty, restfulness, and the crafted environment of the period.

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