The Aesthetic Movement

The Aesthetic Movement

by Lionel Lambourne
     
 

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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

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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; 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 adamant faith 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.

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Library Journal
Following their motto "art for art's sake," the aesthetes of England in the 1880s and 1890s had sweeping influence on every aspect of the fine and decorative arts. Lambourne, former head of painting at the Victoria and Albert Museum, begins his very readable, anecdotal study of the aesthetic movement with the Japonaiserie fad that developed after trade was opened with Japan in 1854. From this point he quickly moves to the "aesthetic attitude" that developedthe philosophy that beautiful surroundings added to the quality of life. Aesthetics championed beautiful objects and artifacts for everyone, not just the privileged. Lambourne devotes chapters to Whistler, Ruskin, and Oscar Wilde, as expected, but also expands his focus to include the still awe-inspiring furniture of E.W. Godwin and Charles Rennie MacIntosh. This latest in Phaidon's "Decorative Arts" series is as lavishly illustrated as one would expect from this press. A recommended purchase, this will serve as a fine companion to Jeremy Cooper's Victorian and Edwardian Decor: From The Gothic Revival to Art Nouveau (Abbeville, 1987) and John Ruskin and The Victorian Eye (Abrams, 1993).Joseph C. Hewgley, Nashville P.L.

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ISBN-13:
9780714863191
Publisher:
Phaidon Press
Publication date:
08/21/2011
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
9.90(w) x 11.40(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
13 - 18 Years

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