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Art Study Center Seminar at Home: Obsession and Labor—Albert Moore’s Singular Painting Techniques

In this vertically aligned painting, a woman stands in the middle of the picture plane. She is shrouded in a cream-colored floor-length robe with numerous folds and is barefoot. Her right arm is reaching behind her neck and the other is hidden within her gown. She holds her head high and stares directly at the viewer. White blossoms surround her on either side. Above her are two golden curtains. There is a bed with wrinkled sheets behind her toward the bottom of the painting. The background is a dark, golden color.
Albert Joseph Moore, British, Study for “Blossoms,” c. 1881, Oil on canvas. Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest of Grenville L. Winthrop, 1943.199.


Since we are unable to welcome you into the museums at this time, we are bringing our experts to you in an online series, Art Study Center Seminars at Home.

British artist Albert Moore’s painting process is believed to be among the most elaborate of the Victorian era. Join conservation fellow Ruby Awburn and curatorial fellow Sophie Lynford as they discuss the results of their recent research and examination of Moore’s painting Study for “Blossoms.” The conservation treatment revealed layers beneath the surface of his work, which allowed Awburn and Lynford to reconstruct Moore’s elaborate, multistage painting process.

Led by:
Ruby Awburn, Paintings Conservation Fellow, Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies
Sophie Lynford, Rousseau Curatorial Fellow in European Art, Division of European and American Art

This virtual seminar will take place online via Zoom. Free admission, but registration is required. To register, please complete this online form.

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