The Aesthetic Movement

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Juni 1996



The Aesthetic Movement swept through England in the latter part of the nineteenth century, touching every sphere of the fine and decorative arts and bringing a new freedom to all aspects of design. In architecture, the dogmatism of Gothic gave way to the charm of Queen Anne. In interiors, heavy Victorian forms were replaced by the lighter, fresher Japanese-inspired shapes and in the graphic arts, innovative methods, coupled with a new approach to form, led to the revitalization of illustration and book design.Personified by such colourful figures as James McNeill Whistler, Oscar Wilde and Aubrey Beardsley, the movement was held together by the coherence of its philosophy and its belief in elegance and richness. This beautiful and witty book will prove invaluable to enthusiasts of design and architecture and to all those intrigued by the social history of the period.


Blue and white to black and white; the cult of Japan; a dissonance in gold and silver; artists and studios; Whistler versus Ruskin - the watershed and the aftermath; satire and aestheticism; Oscar Wilde in America; E.W. Godwin - "First of the Aesthetes"; the French connection - fin de siecle; the sleeping woman awakes; the triumph and tragedy of the aesthetic movement.


Lionel Lambourne was Head of Paintings at the Victoria & Albert Museum from 1986 to 1993. He has travelled widely as a curator of exhibitions throughout Great Britain, Germany and Japan. His publications include Utopian Craftsmen (1980) and Victorian Painting (1999), also published by Phaidon.


'A volume to be read for its witty prose as well as to feast on with the eyes. A delightful book about artists who placed beauty above all.' (The New York Times)
EAN: 9780714830001
ISBN: 0714830003
Untertitel: Empfohlen von 13 bis 22 Jahren. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Juni 1996
Seitenanzahl: 240 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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