Property from the Collection of Mr Seymour Stein
ALBERT JOSEPH MOORE, A.R.W.S.
signed with anthemion l.r.
oil on canvas
25 by 10cm., 10 by 4in.
The picture has been strip-lined which is providing a good structural support. There are co signs of craquelure. There is a small pin-hole in the bottom right corner and a small area of paint-loss close to the left edge of the canvas.
UNDER ULTRAVIOLET LIGHT
There are no signs of retouching.
The picture is contained in a simple wooden and gilt Aesthetic-style frame with a gilt wood mount (cracked).
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Noel Ranger collection;
Christie's, London, 29 February 1980, lot 84, where purchased by Seymour Stein
Stars was probably painted in 1890 shortly after Moore completed and exhibited one of his greatest pictures, A Summer Night (Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool) which he had begun six years earlier. In A Summer Night Moore arranged four semi-nude women on a lakeside terrace against a background of a starry night sky. With Stars Moore condensed the same gold and black colour scheme into his image of a solitary, heavily-draped female figure in a starlit garden. The nocturnal setting for Stars and A Summer Night probably reflect the influence of Moore’s friend Whistler, who was famous for his night scenes, including Nocturne, Trafalgar Square, Snow (Freer Gallery of Art, Washington) which belonged to Moore. Like Whistler, Moore’s art was not concerned with narrative but with arrangement of rhythmic forms and harmonies of colour. In pictures such as Stars the title refers to a minor detail and the picture is an almost abstract study of Aesthetic principles of colour.
‘His late paintings evince a tenderness and sensuality that suggest his renewed interest in expressing the poignance and passion of human life.’ Robyn Asleson, Albert Moore, 2000, p.177