Albert Joseph Moore (1841-1893), ‘Dreamers’ 1882 was an English painter, known for his depictions of langorous female figures set against the luxury and decadence of the classical world. The Dreamers a picture of three women lost in reverie now in the collection of the Birmingham Museum and Gallery, exemplifies this tendency, Moore’s consistent aesthetic, in terms of color, texture, and composition, makes his painting a visually harmonious work evoking the weightless quality of a dream.
The painting depicts the same model three times over. This lack of physical variety causes the eye to skim the canvas, for no one figure pulls attention from another. Their robes dissolve into the fabric of the background, creating an expansive study of drapery and its physical idiosyncrasies. This apparent monotony actually creates a dream-like quality to the work, enhanced by the consistent color palette Moore employs.