Albert Moore: Of Beauty and Aesthetics
7 April 2017 – 1 October 2017
York Art Gallery presents the first monographic exhibition of York born artist Albert Joseph Moore since the memorial exhibition in 1894.
Featuring an impressive selection of Moore’s paintings, watercolours and sketches, the exhibition highlights the beautiful and classical women for which the artist is most famous and demonstrates the modernity of his approach.
Albert Moore was one of the leading artists of the Aesthetic movement who prioritised mood, colour harmony and beauty of form over subject matter to create ‘art for art’s sake’. The exhibition explores Moore’s career and body of work using the latest research by leading experts, including examples of the artist’s youthful Pre-Raphaelite works as well as the hauntingly beautiful classical figures of his mature style.
The exhibition celebrates the artist’s local links with displays that explore the Moore family of York, featuring seascapes, landscapes and views of York by the artist’s family, later Victorian paintings, and the History of the York School of Art which, until 1976, was housed within the gallery’s building.
Organised by York Museums Trust and Museum De Buitenplaats, in Eelde, Netherlands, the exhibition features the stunning and ambitious ‘Midsummer’, 1887, from the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery, Bournemouth alongside other key works from public and private collections across the UK.
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