Liverpool artwork of the week 2010-26. ‘A Summer Night’ by Albert Moore c.1887-90 in The Walker Art Gallery.
The nights have been very hot lately.
Moore’s paintings were influenced by his study of Greek sculpture and Japanese art. He was also a proponent of the high Victorian idea of “art for art’s sake”. This was the concept of formal, aesthetic qualities taking prominence over moral or narrative content within a piece. His rhythmically posed female figures, combined with decorative accessories, were vehicles for the exploration of an abstract language of form, colour, line and pattern.
‘A summer night’ shows four women preparing for sleep on a luxurious balcony overlooking a moonlit lagoon. Despite the deliberate lack of story or allegorical meaning, a note of eroticism is evident. This was common to Moore’s and many other Victorian artists’ work.