Moore, Azaleas (1868)

Moore’s ‘painting is to artists what the verse of Théophile Gautier is to poets; the faultless and secure expression of an exclusive worship of things formally beautiful… the melody of colour, the symphony of form is complete: one more beautiful thing is achieved, one more delight is born into the world; and its meaning is beauty; and its reason for being is to be’.[1]

[1] W.M. Rossetti and A.C. Swinburne, Notes on the Royal Academy Exhibition, 1868 (London: John CamdenHotten (1868), p. 32