Sapphires (1877) by Albert Joseph Moore

Sapphires - Albert Joseph Moore - 1877

Artwork Information

TitleSapphires
ArtistAlbert Joseph Moore
Date1877
Mediumoil,canvas
Art MovementAcademicism
Current LocationBirmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham, UK
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About Sapphires

“Sapphires,” painted in 1877 by Albert Joseph Moore, is a fine example of the Academicism art movement. This oil on canvas artwork, which is classified as a portrait, is housed at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery in Birmingham, UK.

The artwork depicts a solitary female figure in an elegant stance, cloaked in a flowing blue gown that drapes gracefully around her body. She stands against a backdrop of an intricately patterned curtain, which features floral motifs interspersed with shades of blue, perhaps to echo the “Sapphires” mentioned in the title. The woman’s attire includes a blue turban-style headpiece that complements the hue of her dress, and a choker adorned with blue stones, possibly sapphires, which captures the viewer’s attention around her neck. Her poised pose, with one hand resting lightly on her hip and the other hanging down, exudes a sense of calm confidence. The floor where she stands appears to be tiled, with flowers scattered at her feet, adding to the composition’s ornate aesthetic. The color palette is predominantly cool, with soft blues and pale pinks, creating a serene and harmonious visual experience.

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