Albert Joseph Moore England

9-4-1841 York, ENG - 9-25-1893 London, ENG

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Moore, Albert Joseph

Albert Joseph Moore was born the thirteenth son and fourteenth child of well known portrait-painter William Moore. Several of his numerous brothers were educated as artists, including Henry Moore, the well-known sea painter.

In 1861, Albert Joseph Moore made a new venture with two sacred subjects, 'The Mother of Sisera looked out of a Window,' and 'Elijah running to Jezreel before Ahab's Chariot'. Meanwhile, Moore had given signs of the remarkable skill which he afterward displayed as a decorative artist. His concern for decorative, color harmonies became apparent in his paintings of the mid 1860s onwards. His works, typically single female figures with formalized proportions, neo-classical drapery and floral accessories, established a major strand of the Aesthetic Movement.

In 1865, Albert Joseph Moore exhibited at the Royal Academy 'The Marble Seat, the first of a long series of purely decorative pictures, with which his name will always be associated. Henceforth he devoted himself entirely to this class of painting, and every picture was the result of a carefully thought out and elaborated harmony in pose and color.

In so limited a sphere of art, Albert Joseph Moore found his admirers among the few true connoisseurs of art rather than among the general public. His pictures were frequently sold off the easel before completion, but it was not till late in his life that he obtained what maybe called direct patronage.

Albert Joseph Moore was of an independent disposition, and relied solely on his own judgment in matters both social and artistic. His somewhat outspoken views proved a bar to his admission into the ranks of the Royal Academy, for which he was many years a candidate, and where his works were long a chief source of attraction.

Art Movement: Victorian Classicism
Influences: William Moore, John Collingham Moore
Traveled: Italy, France
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