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Creator:
Albert Joseph Moore, 1841–1893
Title:

Beads (study)

Former Title(s):

Two Women on a Sofa, 1875

Beads [1876, Royal Academy of Arts, London, exhibition catalogue]

Date:
ca. 1875
Materials & Techniques:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
11 3/4 x 19 1/4 inches (29.8 x 48.9 cm)
Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
B1982.10
Classification:
Paintings
Collection:
Paintings and Sculpture
Subject Terms:
beads | blanket (covering) | couch | fan (costume accessory) | genre subject | girls | paintings | pillows | Pre-Raphaelite | rug | sleeping | sofa | study (visual work) | vases | Victorian
Access:
Not on view
Link:
https://collections.britishart.yale.edu/catalog/tms:81
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Albert Moore was a close associate of James McNeill Whistler and, like him, rejected the Victorian narrative tradition in favor of figurative pictures that used color, line, and pattern in an effectively abstract manner that emulated musical compositions. Victorian viewers often complained that his canvases were devoid of meaning, but Moore’s paintings were meant to be allusive and decorative, matched to wallpapers and furniture so that ordinary people could “live with art.” To his supporters he was the quintessential artist of the aesthetic movement. Ironically, he had a defender in the art critic John Ruskin, who valued Moore’s color and careful compositions, but Moore testified for Whistler in his famous libel suit against Ruskin in 1878. In turn, Whistler praised Moore as “the greatest artist that, in the century, England might have cared for and called her own.”

Gallery label for installation of YCBA collection, 2016

Victorian Dreamers - Masterpieces of Neo-classical and Aesthetic movements in Britain (Ishibashi Museum of Art, - ) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Victorian Dreamers - Masterpieces of Neo-classical and Aesthetic movements in Britain (Yamaguchi Prefectural Museum of Art, - ) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Victorian Dreamers - Masterpieces of Neo-classical and Aesthetic movements in Britain (Daimaru Museum of Art, - ) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Victorian Dreamers - Masterpieces of Neo-classical and Aesthetic movements in Britain (Isetan Museum of Art, - 1989-10-17) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Victorian Dreamers - Masterpieces of Neo-classical and Aesthetic movements in Britain (Yamanashi Prefectural Museum of Art, 1989-04-08 - ) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Malcolm Cormack, Concise Catalogue of Paintings in the Yale Center for British Art, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 1985, pp. 162-163, N590.2 A83 (YCBA) [YCBA]


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