The Shulamite (c.1865) by Albert Joseph Moore

The Shulamite - Albert Joseph Moore - c.1865; United Kingdom

Artwork Information

TitleThe Shulamite
ArtistAlbert Joseph Moore
Datec.1865; United Kingdom
Mediumoil,canvas
Dimensions214 x 97 cm
Art MovementAcademicism
Current LocationWalker Art Gallery, Liverpool, UK
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About The Shulamite

“The Shulamite” is an oil on canvas painting by Albert Joseph Moore, created around 1865 in the United Kingdom. Belonging to the Academicism art movement, this religious painting measures 214 by 97 centimeters. It is currently housed in the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool, UK.

The painting depicts a scene of classical serenity and beauty. There are multiple figures present in the artwork, likely women, dressed in flowing garments that evoke the clothing styles of ancient Greece or Rome. The color palette is quite soft and primarily consists of earthy tones, along with the contrasting vibrant orange of the central figure’s dress. This central figure is seated and seems to be the focal point of the composition, with other characters posed in various states of rest and conversation around her.

There’s an architectural backdrop that provides a sense of depth and space, further emphasizing the tranquil and harmonious atmosphere. The careful play of light and shadow in this painting enhances the three-dimensional illusion, a characteristic often sought after in Academic artworks. The drapery of the clothing is finely detailed, allowing viewers to appreciate the texture and flow of the fabrics. The overall composition, poised and balanced, is typical of Moore’s work and the Academic style, which favored classical themes and formal, idealized representation of figures.

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