Shuttlecock (c.1870) by Albert Joseph Moore

Shuttlecock - Albert Joseph Moore - c.1870; United Kingdom

Artwork Information

TitleShuttlecock
ArtistAlbert Joseph Moore
Datec.1870; United Kingdom
Art MovementAcademicism
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About Shuttlecock

“Shuttlecock” is a genre painting by artist Albert Joseph Moore, created around 1870 in the United Kingdom. This artwork belongs to the Academicism movement, which was characterized by a high regard for traditional forms and a preference for classical subjects, techniques, and aesthetics.

The painting depicts a young woman draped in flowing classical robes, rendered with an emphasis on elegance and refinement, which is typical of the Academic style. The palette is cool and restrained, featuring primarily muted blues and grays, which adds to the serene and poised atmosphere of the artwork.

The woman stands against what appears to be a patterned backdrop or curtain, with a vase of flowers on a stand to her right, contributing to a sense of genteel domesticity. In her hands, she holds a badminton racket and a shuttlecock, which subtly indicates the presence of leisure and recreation among the genteel classes of the time. She is adorned with pearls that hang around her neck, wrists, and on her headband, which complements the refined gracefulness that the artist has sought to capture.

The attention to detail in the drapery of her robes and the intricacy of the background pattern are representative of the Academicism movement’s focus on technical skill and idealized beauty. Moore’s “Shuttlecock” thus represents a harmonious blend of classical representation, Victorian sensibilities, and the skillful execution that defines genre painting of that era.

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