Aesthetic Movement - (Art, Style) Glossary of Antique Terms

Aesthetic Movement - (Art, Style) English artistic movement of the late 19th century, dedicated to the doctrine of ‘art for art’s sake’ – that is, art as a self-sufficient entity concerned solely with beauty and not with any moral or social purpose. Associated with the movement were the artists Aubrey Beardsley and James McNeill Whistler and writers Walter Pater and Oscar Wilde. Pieces were influenced by Japanese designs and had light colors and little ornamentation.


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