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 Albert Joseph Moore  (1841 - 1893)

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Lived/Active: England      Known for: romanticized female figure painting

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BIOGRAPHY for Albert Moore
1841 (York, England)
1893 (England)


Often Known For
romanticized female figure painting

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Albert was born on the 4th September 1841 Son of William and Sarah Jackson Moore. He trained at the Kensington Art School then the Royal Academy. He traveled to Paris and Rome. Moore was a friend of Whistler.

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Albert Joseph Moore was born in York, a member of an old Yorkshire family.  His father was an artist, and his elder brother, Henry Moore 1831-1895, was the famous marine painter.  The family moved to London in the 1850s, and Albert Moore trained initially at the Kensington Art School*, and subsequently at the Royal Academy of London*.

In the 1860s Moore traveled to Paris and Rome. He gradually developed a style of aesthetic painting, with carefully integrated, and subtle colour schemes. Moore was amongst the most painstaking of even Victorian painters, his pictures starting with nude studies, and drapery studies, many of which were subsequently worked up into finished pictures.  Like other Victorian painters, many of his pictures were set in ancient Greece, or Rome.  Producing genuinely authentic ancient settings was, however, not important to Moore, his aim was to produce graceful, elegant paintings without subject. In this he was entirely succeeded.

Moore exhibited at the Royal Academy for many years; his pictures were usually very badly hung, a tradition maintained by Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery to this day!  Many mediocre artists of the day were full Academicians, yet Moore, one of the greatest and most original Victorian artists was not even elected an Associate.  He also exhibited at the Grosvenor Gallery.

Moore was for many years a friend of James Whistler, a tribute to his tact and forbearance, though Whistler helped his friend whenever he could.  In the last few years of Moore's life he worked in tempera* as well as oils.

Moore was an eccentric, sharing his life with his Daschund dog, and an army of cats, which effectively took over his home.  Not only was he unconcerned by personal comfort; he really failed to look after himself.  From the early 1880s his health started to decline, and in the early 1890s he developed the cancerous growth on his thigh, which killed him.

Moore spent his last months in a grim race with death, struggling to complete his large picture The Loves of The Winds and The Seasons.  Moore chose to devote the short time left to him working on this picture, and to this end excluded from his life old friends.  Sir Merton Russell-Cotes visited him, however, and left behind a record of their meeting in his journal. The dying artist spent his last days in a heroic struggle for his art.  From this there has grown up an exaggerated idea of the solitariness of Moore's life.


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