On View In:
Gallery 357
Artist:   Albert Joseph Moore  
Title:   Battledore  
Date:   1868-1870  
Medium:   Oil on canvas  
Dimensions:   42 1/4 x 17 13/16 in. (107.32 x 45.24 cm) (sight) 43 x 27 7/16 in. (109.22 x 69.69 cm) (outer frame)  
Credit Line:   The Christina N. and Swan J. Turnblad Memorial Fund, by exchange  
Location:   Gallery 357  

Frame: Gift of the Douglas and Mary Olson Frame Acquisition Fund Albert Moore was a principal originator of the Aesthetic Movement, which dominated the decorative and pictorial art scene in Britain and America after 1860. Also known as "Art for Art's Sake", Aestheticism proscribed narrative subject matter and argued that beauty of form, color and composition were the sole ends of art. His signature images of classically draped female figures, inspired by his study of the Elgin Marbles and often incorporating elements of Japanese design, would have a profound influence on James MacNeill Whistler, who considered Moore the most original artist of his generation. The title of our picture alludes to the racket used in badminton, a game of ancient origin, yet the true "subject" of Moore's painting is its exquisite technical assurance, its delicious array of linear patterning, and its seductive color harmonies. This frame is a reproduction of the original artist's frame. The present frame includes a stepped, triangular section, stylized Classical ornaments, and bead-&-astragal molding.

Name:   Moore, Albert Joseph  
Nationality:   British  
Life Dates:   British, 1841 - 1893  

Object Description  
Inscriptions:   Signed with the Greek Anthemion device, ur Stamp on verso, "W.EATWELL; ARTIST COLOURS; 49 DORST S; (bottom line illegible)"  
Classification:   Paintings  
Physical Description:   standing woman dressed in green and turquoise robes, holding a badminton racket in her PR hand and a shuttlecock at her PL shoulder  
Creation Place:   Europe, England, , ,  
Accession #:   2003.145  
Owner:   The Minneapolis Institute of Arts