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Blossoms

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Moore and his friend Whistler began to take an interest in Japanese prints in the 1860s. These profoundly influenced both artists, who set out to imitate their decorative design and subtle colouring. In addition, Moore’s admiration of ancient Greek sculpture is evident in his fascination with the rippled fabric of classical robes. Blossoms reflects these interests: the pose of the single female figure is like antique statues of Venus, while the delicate colouring and decorative background of flowers is an exercise in ‘Japonisme’.

Tate Britain

London

  • Date

    1881

  • Medium

    Oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    147.3 x 46.4 cm

  • Accession number

    N01549

  • Acquisition method

    Presented by Sir Henry Tate 1894

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