See also:English decorative painter, was
See also:born at
See also:York on the 4th of
See also:September 1841 . He was the youngest of the fourteen
See also:children of the artist,
See also:Moore, of York who in the first
See also:half of the I9th century enjoyed a considerable reputation in the
See also:North of England as a painter of portraits and landscape . In his childhood
See also:Albert Moore showed From Strasburger's Lelnbuch der Botanik, by permission of Gustav Fischer . Botrychium Lunaria . an extraordinary love of
See also:art, and as he was encouraged in his tastes by his
See also:father and
See also:brothers, two of whom after-wards became famous as artists—John Collingham Moore, and
See also:Henry Moore, R.A.—he was able to begin the active exercise of his profession at an unusually early age . His first exhibited
See also:works were two drawings which he sent to the Royal Academy in 1857 . A
See also:year later he became a student in the Royal Academy
See also:schools; but after working in them for a few months only he decided that he would be more profitably occupied in
See also:independent practice . During the
See also:period that extended from 1858 to 187o, though he produced and exhibited many pictures and drawings, he gave up much of his
See also:time to decorative
See also:work of various kinds, and painted, in 1863, a series of
See also:wall decorations at Coombe Abbey, the seat of the
See also:earl of Craven; in 1865 and 1866 some elaborate compositions: " The Last Supper " and " The Feeding of the Five Thousand " on the
See also:chancel walls of the
See also:church of St
See also:Rochdale; and in 1868 " A Greek
See also:Play," an important
See also:panel in tempera for the
See also:proscenium of the
See also:Queen's Theatre in Long Acre . His first large
See also:canvas, " Elijah's Sacrifice," was completed during a stay of some five months in Rome at the beginning of 1863, and appeared at the Academy in 1865 . A still larger picture, " The Shunamite
See also:relating the Glories of
See also:King Solomon to her Maidens," was exhibited in 1866, and with it two smaller works, " Apricots " and " Pomegranates." In these Albert Moore asserted plainly the particular technical conviction which for the
See also:rest of his
See also:life governed the whole of his practice, and with them he first took his place definitely among the most
See also:original of
See also:British painters . Of his subsequent works the most notable are "The Quartette " (1869), "
See also:Sea Gulls " (1871), " Follow-my-
See also:Leader " (1873), " Shells " (1874), "
See also:Topaz " (1879), "
See also:Rose Leaves " (1880), " Yellow Marguerites " (1881), " Blossoms " (1881), " Dreamers " (1882), "
See also:Reading Aloud " (1884), "
See also:Silver " (1886), " Midsummer " (1887), " A
See also:River Side " (1888), " A Summer
See also:Night " (189o), "
See also:Lightning and
See also:Light " (1892), " An Idyll " (1893), and " The Loves of the Winds and the Seasons," a large picture which was finished only a few days before his
See also:death . He died on the 25th of September 1893, at his studio in Spenser Street,
See also:Westminster .
Several of his pictures are now in public collections; among thechief are " Blossoms," in the
See also:National Gallery of British Art; " A Summer Night " in the Liverpool Corporation Gallery; " Dreamers " in the
See also:Birmingham Corporation Gallery; and a
See also:colour, " The Open
See also:Book," in the
See also:Victoria and Albert Museum, South
See also:Kensington . In all his pictures, save two or three produced in his later boyhood, he avoided any approach to
See also:story-telling, and occupied himself exclusively with decorative arrangements of lines and colour masses . The spirit of his art is essentially classic, and his work shows plainly that he was deeply influenced by study of
See also:antique sculpture; but he was not in any sense an archaeological painter, nor did he attempt reconstructions of the life of past centuries . Artistically he lived in a
See also:world of his own creation, a place peopled with robust types of humanity of Greek
See also:mould, and gay with bright-coloured draperies and brilliant-hued
See also:flowers . As an executant he was careful and certain; he drew finely, and his colour-sense was remarkable for its refinement and subtle appreciation . Few men have equalled him as a painter of draperies, and still fewer have approached his ability in the application of decorative principles to pictorial art .
EDWARD MOORE (1712–1757)
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