How To Paint Elegant Women: British Artist Albert Joseph Moore

Canaries Albert Joseph Moore
Oil on Canvas 
Museum and Art Gallery, England

Albert Joseph Moore (1841 - 1893) was an English painter who was born in York. We can call him a painter of the Victorian period. He is known for the paintings of a gorgeous woman in which he used to depict the beauty and grace of the model. The women he painted looked almost dreamy, sitting or sleeping in a lazy mood. But in most of his artworks, he painted the set, the luxury and decadence of the classical world. He did so marvellously and put the figures of women in such background. 

Albert's father and brother, John Collingham Moore and Henry Moore were also renowned artists. Born in a family of artists, Albert Joseph Moore had noteworthy fame in the north of England. He was famous for his portrait paintings and landscapes. In the year 1893, he took his last breath in his studio in Spenser Street, Westminster.

Look at this painting Canaries. Albert had celebrated the wonders of the colour yellow. Almost every hue and shades of yellow are applied in this one piece of art. It is said that God likes the yellow colour. So the artists and the art-lovers, too, like the yellow. His paintings of women are so serene; so alluringly beautiful. Like other artists who used classical paintings and mythological sets as the base for depicting their artistic prowess, Albert would not take the help of any story to depict his art. He would simply paint the women in their gracious movements, or many a time without a particular movement, too. 

Artists tend to tell some story in their paintings. Albert Moore avoided. He concentrated on the decorative part of the painting, making his art piece more aesthetic. He remained alert about the lining and proportion aspects of his paintings. That aspect made his painting so accurate and realistic. However, there were peculiarities about his paintings: he painted beautiful people in beautiful situations.

Dreamers      Albert Joseph Moore

Look at the painting Dreamers. here the models are caught when they all were sleeping. Dreams hardly come when we are not asleep. This painting depicts the regular aspect of the Victorian style of paintings. In the painting done in the Victorian style of paintings, you would find two main hallmarks: one is orientalism, and another would be the depiction of the desire for material wealth. Alber depicted both of these aspects here. Look at the curtain in the background. Such decorative screens or curtains are found in houses reserved for women in Arabia or Asian countries. 

However, the paintings of Alber Moore was not without a record of the other branches of the knowledge. Especially in science and psychology. He tried to infuse the psychological state of mind of the sitter into the painting. His models look like they are caught in the state of some specific consciousness. And the artist had painted that aspect of the person portrayed on his canvases. This was an innovative strategy in the art of painting. 

One additional aspect of the artist Albert Moore's personality. He was an outspoken person. He had suffered for his habit of being so outspoken person. He was not allowed to become a member of the Royal Academy of Art for a long period. Does any freedom-lover artist care for such trivialities? Never. Albert Moore, too, hardly care for the same.

Albert Joseph Moore

Every artist loves to see how people like the painting that he or she had done. There is an important reason: the painting is what an artist gets at the end of his or her artistic labour. The praise received from art-lovers is a generous feast for an artist. Perhaps it is the real reward for an artist. Albert Moore was fortunate in this aspect. 

If you visit the paintings galleries in Birmingham, Liverpool or Manchester, you certainly will find Albert Moore's paintings displayed.  The praise Albert Joseph Moore received for his paintings was endless. 

Look at the painting Shuttlecock. Here the elegance is the thread that runs through every painting of Albert Morre. In addition to this, the impression of the Victorian age is also visible in this painting. The freedom of women and women entering into diverse fields of activities: these were some of the social changes the Victorian age had initiated. 

If you want to see the beautiful women sitting and sleeping with laziness and surrounded by luxurious set-ups, a gallery of the paintings by Albert Joseph Moore would be the most appropriate place. The most attractive aspect would be the accurate lining-work exhibited in making these paintings. 

The Art: Though Albert was much influenced by the study of sculptures he had seen and encountered during his life, he did not allow himself to become an archaeological painter. He had used the classical set-up, but he also had suppressed being an artist who tried reconstructing the life of the past years. However, he maintained injecting the classical spirit into his paintings by making them look like the works of a classical artist, as the spirit of his paintings remained always classical. 

If we look at his paintings, we can say that while painting Albert would have devoted his attention only to the ornamental and decorative arrangements. He did invest more attention in the beautification of lines and curves he executed. His keen concentration was on the mass of colours he laid on canvases. [All the paintings above are in Public Domain, taken from Wikimedia Commons]

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